2001 / Beta SP / coul / son / 10' 00
Perceiving perception: Through media, this is simultaneously possible and impossible. The important thing about moving images is what is moving rather than what is causing the movement. But the fact sometimes tends to be forgotten that the animated image could not exist without the viewer's illusionary assumption that he or she is not seeing individual frames but continuous motion. As a result,
it should not surprise when film
or videographic experiments are at their core reflections on forms of perception conveyed through various media, their purpose to make accessible the circumstances under which sensuous experience takes place, which are dictated by the media.
This all applies to besenbahn, though the problem is made more complex by the reference to perception which itself requires the use of technical apparatus.
It's subject is not »natural» perception, but perception put
in motion by modern means of transportation, and therefore implicitly the history of an epochal transformation of the way in which time and space is experienced.
It has come to a preliminary end in suitable contexts - for example cities such as Los Angeles, which has been shaped by the history
of motorization - where moving perception now seems to be regarded as integral to natural perception.
The thesis presented by besenbahn in this regard would therefore
be that the specifically aesthetic quality of such animated perception is absent from the forms of audiovisual represe