Hermen Maat

Paranoid Panopticum


Werk - Paranoid Panopticum
Artist / Artist group
Hermen Maat
Paranoid Panopticum
video, installation, computer-based, Video installation
Material / Technique
installation framing (metal, wood), computer (PC, operating system: Linux, custom software, sound card, video card: iomega buz), switchable glass pane (Priva-Lite), semi-transparent mirror, two amplifiers, four speakers, MIDI controller, video camera, video mixer, projector, projection screen, CRT monitor, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), dimmer, two flood lights, stand, sensors
Dimensions / Duration
251 x 313 x 281 cm, installation dimensions variable
ZKM | Center for Art and Media

In the installation, visitors are confronted with his own mirrored projections. These projections enter into a dialogue with the pre-recorded images and voices of a woman (Viviane de Muynck) and a man (Hermen Maat). This dialogue reflects on one's own self-image and is based on the story of Echo and Narcissus. The image, multiplied by mirrors, live and semi-live video projections, alienates the visitor from his self-perception. When the (projected) visitor meets the (projected) actress, they are confronted with their own fixation on control: Who am I? Who am I encountering? How am I being influenced or manipulated? What external image can I relate to?

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