PHYSICAL PARADISE (1998)
Film installation with mirror walls and projection, 3-D animated film.
Variable dimension, film 3,40 min and light box 15 x 140 cm.
Physical Paradise expresses some sort of alternative concept of paradise. The construction of the spacecraft in Physical Paradise refers to the circular movement around a lake as seen in traditional descriptions of Paradise. In the installation the visitor first encounters light boxes with images showing how the space-shuttle Honolulu brings the characters who have been condemned to Hell, and takes them via a number of stations taken from paintings by Bosch – Paradise, Fall of the Rebel Angels, Ascent of the Blessed into the Celestial Paradise, Temptation of St Anthony – to a weightless Paradise where the appearance of the bode looses all meaning. The visitor then moves into the second part of the installation. It is a dark room and here you get the feeling of being on board the spacecraft. Paradise means garden, i.e. controlled nature, and therefore there is a system of channels inside the spacecraft in which images of nature are projected. The channel system is a metaphor used to characterize a change of conscience towards a kind of transcendence.
The work was showed first time in conjunction with a solo show at Physical Paradise, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden (1999).
Egofugal, 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, (2001) Egofugal, Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2001) James Cohan Gallery, New York, (2002), Bloom: mutation, toxicity and the sublime, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand (2003) Building Identities, film/video programme Tate Modern, London (2004)
Physical Sightseeing, Kunsthalle Wien / Ursula Blickle videoarchiv, Austria (2006)