Based upon the almost involuntary, rapid movements of the Chinese dancer Maureen Law, MOVEMENT Z is a meditation about time and body, a slow flow, almost stillness, in deep black and deep red.
Ulf Langheinrich first saw my AVIE installation when it shown at eLandscape in Shanghai in 2008. At Richard Castelli’s suggestion Ulf began to work on an abstract work for AVIE, which ultimately became Alluvium. Ulf had already experimented with multi-screen surround projection in Granular Synthesis’s (2002). And in 2003 he created a work for my EVE installation based on PERM, which was shown at Richard Castelli’s Cinémas du Futur exhibition in Lille. Interestingly, he also made a dome work title HEMISPHERE(2006) which was somewhat inspired by my Cupola installation, so I feel that Ulf and I have had a artistically symbiotic relationship over the years. I also invited him to be a Visiting Professor at City University in Hong Kong a few years ago. In his media art practice Ulf has updated and transcended the rich traditions of ‘Op Art’ for the contemporary sensibility. Often using live-recorded video materials as his source, these are digitally deconstructed into a condition of hypnotic near-total abstraction. In Ulf words “...the remoulding of these materials in a computer processing environment destroys a great deal of the representation and creates ambiguity. The essence that I try to extract or bring to the surface is the evidence of life itself. I try to ... situate a kind of perceptual drowning (for the viewer).”The AVIE immersive projection environment is clearly an appropriate platform for Ulf to further these profound explorations of ‘perceptual drowning’.