in vitro | 1999

Stuttgart, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

“in vitro” is an installation specially conceived for the rotunda in the Württembergischer Kunstverein. Four contrived (lab) benches with scientific-looking apparatus on them are placed in the space, following no recognizable system. The general impression the benches make in the darkened room is that they are broken-down and abandoned. And yet quite special elements of continuing life do develop on the individual benches: a kind of breeding-ground for invincible nature and evolution – a vision in morpho-space, where the forms of living organisms play. So-called “direct communications” are projected from the morbid-seeming benches on to the back projection screens that stretch out into the space. Some of this is done by overhead projector, some in the form of a video transmission with camera and video-beamer. A central large-image projection shows a computer-animated video film of a revived dead lab fly; this was produced by a special morphing program.

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