In “4 Vertigo”, Alfred Hitchcock’s 128-minute film “Vertigo” has been condensed by capturing one frame for every two seconds of the original movie. The condensed film was then duplicated four times shifting the horizontal or vertical orientation of the frame with each duplication. The four films were then reassembled sequentially frame by frame generating a stuttering kaleidoscopic montage.
The video footage took place in studio 1 at the Akademie der Kunst in Berlin, an enchanted place for the artist, as it was were Samuel Beckett use to stay in Berlin. A small narrative is based on two overlapped actions with similar beginnings and different endings. The artist plays the ghostly character.
We could determine the key moments of this video work as being the shower, when the character fully dressed takes a shower, or the strange fall down the studio's stone staircase. We can also find a tight relation between these two actions with the two murder scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's, Psycho.
STRUGGLING IN PARADISE
Amidst information overload, communication overkill and mediated emotions, Paradise, a state of complete happiness, remains a fleeting promise, a state of mind impossible to achieve. When asked, even Hitchcock struggles to define what happiness is. Some people stretch the use of their senses to the limits, seeking 'various emotions'. Others seek refuge in the creative process. Still others think there is 'nothing to worry about', and just follow the drive to find a constantly fleeting Paradise.
A scene from the classic film Psycho is wrapped around the inside of a 3D primitive: a sphere. The film moves, the camera moves, and the sphere rotates. It is like the experience of moving your head along the screen as a film plays.
NINE PIECE ROPE
”Nine Piece Rope” is Alfred Hitchcock’s ”Rope” compressed into two minutes and ten seconds, cut into nine pieces, and put together again in a non-chronological order. The work is trying to move the focus of the viewer from the place the original filmmakers had in mind, to other, more peripheral areas of the image.
WHEN HITCHCOCK MET ELSE EIERMANN IN AUERSTEDT...
Alfred Hitchcock is known for his love of weird mysteries. Now one of them has been solved. A photo reveals that, in 1956, Alfred Hitchcock went to Auerstedt and met Else Eiermann. This visit inspired him to some of his greatest masterpieces. Especially „Psycho“ will have to be completely re-interpreted.
BODEGA BAY SCHOOL
A classic build-up for a classic thriller sequence. However, in this animated setting the main ingredients are missing - there are no birds, no people, no dialogue. What happens with the scenery when a setting is altered in this way. Where does the tension go, and what atmosphere is left to echo through the lingering images?