2002 / Betacam SP / color / sound / 1S / 3' 00

Electronic exorcism? Computerized global burning? Digital dance of death? In the beginning reMI's video zijkfijergijok makes a textual reference to eschatology and other finalities. Excerpts of collages from an old folio apparently a religious book of instruction or lamentations supply the background which is evenly overlapped by violently
chaotic grids. Everything is reduced to fractions of seconds and dissected or shredded to the scale of
subliminal levels of perception.

In this work reMI goes a step beyond its previous videographic crash tests, all of which were
abstract. Rather than the classic
geometric coloured bars and video test patterns, numerous types of analog secularities serve as the
big crash or, more specifically,
the unhindered electronic impact:
illustrations from old encyclopedias and textbooks (on subjects such as solar and lunar eclipses, the medieval medical technique
of bloodletting and exorcism),
fragments of texts and sentences taken from related contexts
(»The great lamentation begins here», »the unhindered view»), and apparently irrelevant information (»incipit lamentatio», »Solo Cello and Voice»). These fragments of knowledge passed down through the ages are just good enough or sufficiently charged that they are suitable for the great revelation in pixel form: abruptly and harshly flickering graphic patterns with piercingly overmodulated »microprocessed» scratch sounds that mercilessly tear everything projected above and below them along into the digital hell.

At the end of zijkfijergijok modern information storage media (which employ zeros, ones, vectors, voltage pulses, etc.) are mercilessly ground to electronic waste in the same
way as the venerable encyclopedias of the past. Post-informational, post-referential intensity.
(Christian Höller)


distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 22,00 €