12th Art Division Excellence Award
Moment – performatives spazieren
Video work [Japan]
Floorboards in a gallery are torn up from the floor and propped up neatly against the wall. Then those floorboards move out of the window into the city of Berlin. The floorboards combine in various ways, lining up or crawling forward, depending on which part of the city they are in. The artist took around 2,500 pictures of floorboards arranged in various ways and made those photos into an animation.
Reason for Award
A stop-motion animation film containing strange scenes of floorboards in a gallery, which tear themselves up from the floor then go out into the town. They keep moving, sometimes humorously as if they have a life of their own, and sometimes as if they are structures that make up a town. Several thousand images taken with a digital still camera are combined with painstakingly rendered scenes, carrying the audience along without a trace of boredom. Stop-motion animation is usually completed in the tiny world of the table top. In bringing it into the very heart of the city, the artist displays a stunning degree of conceptual power and audacity. Underlying this work is the expressive power of today’s digital still cameras, which compares favorably with analog cameras; the simplicity that is characteristic of digital cameras; and advances in various types of software, which make it very easy for people to create animation from integrated images. The general perception that an artist must use a video camera to record moving images is no longer valid. This is a fine work that takes full advantage of the many strengths generated by a new technology.