The installation “Vague” is an observation point of some kind. Visitors look through plates of glass with constantly changing opacity and try to piece together the scattered parts of a panoramic view of the mountains in the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park at Dolomites. This deconstruction of the typical observations points leads towards the theme of Heimat.
Heimat is something elusive, like the memories of the places one came from when looked back upon as different person. It never can be represented as a whole, but rather is a combination of different and sometimes independent parts of memories that together create a shimmering and blurry picture. When viewed from a distance, it keeps its outline, but you never know if this amalgamation of different components is objectively true or not.
“Vague” represents homeland (Heimat) as an image in which some parts always remains blurred and heterogeneous, much like a memory. The visual components, fragmentation, instability and generalization of an image (Vorstellung) that only exist in one's imagination set the shape and effect of the installation. By surrounding the viewer with a belt of transparent pieces with constantly changing opacity, we are trying to achieve the sense of being immersed in oneself--a sensation that is familiar to anyone who has tried to catch a memory in its entirety.
Some images can be very familiar and emotionally close to us, while at the same time not having clear visual boundaries. When we recall distant childhood impressions or places and images that have importance to us, this brings both flashes of eidetic images as well as hazy pictures. One can do this endlessly, but no matter how hard you look some blurriness remains next to the clear parts, sometimes at the periphery of the vision and sometimes right in its very center. This elusive feeling colors the observed panorama with subjectivity and transforms matter into an idea, which is the essence of a memory -- withdrawing into oneself (Erinnerung).
Concept, production and video: VOLNA
Engineering: Alexey Belyakov
Special thanks: Viktor Smolensky, Justina Fink, William Cohen, Alexander Felch, Max Mutschlechner, Sergey Vinogradov, Moritz Trebo
Music: Robbie Basho
Project commissioned by SMACH. Constellation of art, culture & history in the Dolomites
© VOLNA (2019)