by Jan MACHACEK
2008 / Video / b&w / sound / 1S / 4' 00
Jan Machacek’s spinning black-and-white pictures take us back to the days before special effects were perfected. The performance artist requires neither a stuntman nor a computer to defy gravity and perception in his video. Based on the way a mixer works, he makes no attempt to conceal the film tricks or make them invisible.
On the contrary, the movement of the camera and his body through space are demonstrated clearly: The camera, mounted on a blender, films Machacek’s performance as he moves slowly from the background to the picture’s center for the purpose of interfering with the video image’s mechanical progression with his own body. While standing in the center of the frame he reacts to the camera’s movement, occasionally allowing it to lift him into the air, then hops wildly and gesticulates to counteract its dynamism.
|distribution format||Betacam SP (PAL)|
|screen||4/3 (single screen)|
|rental fee||21,00 €|