Project Description

Apparition, duratrans: 120 x 85 cm, glass, acrylic, aluminum, wood, micro‐computer, sensor, 2019.

Her image flickers in and out like a broken neon sign. Humming and clipping and popping, she is only observable from a distance. The title, Apparition, is a reference to seeing and discovering something remarkable or startling.

Apparition is a site‐specific freestanding mixed media room installation.

As Moholy‐Nagy said, “artists used to be dependent on the tools of perspective drawing, but with the advent of the camera they had to learn to see again.” The title, Apparition, is a reference to “seeing” and discovering something remarkable or startling.

This installation is inspired and a response to the main building of the University and the events that have transpired here. The centerpiece of the installation is a 1:1 scale portrait of a figure in the room, a ghostly apparition. As the observer approaches the image, they are detected by a motion sensor and the image virtually disappears. When the observer retreats the image of the ghost will return. This makes it impossible to see the ghost up close.

Footnotes
This work was first shown at ‘Republic of Spirits – Republik der Geister!’, the Bauhaus 100 year Jubilee Exhibition organized by the Bauhaus‐Universität. This work was shown in the main building, room 110 of the Bauhaus University on April 6, 2019.
Apparition, Bauhaus100 exhibition invitation, 2019.