The ReCollection Mechanism

Title of ArtworkThe ReCollection Mechanism
Year of Origin1998 - 2008
    Size variable
    Black room, computer data projection, suspended wire mesh, sound equipment.
Collaboration/Shared Production/Researchn/a
    Arnold Dreyblatt
Medium/Type of Artwork
Light Source
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History of a work
2009 - 1998YoutubeBerlinArnold Dreyblatt, "The Re-Collection Mechanism", Multimedia, part of the installation "From the Archives "Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 1999-2000, Technical Direction: Luca Ruzza, Rome.Link

An automated writing and recitation machine is found in a darkened black space. One enters a three dimensional data architecture where the process of searching, sorting and locating words and the overlapping inter-textual linkages of information are simulated optically by metaphors of transparence and complexity. Projected onto a barely visible cylindrical screen are multiple transparent layers of continually flowing historical data, which appear to be suspended in the center of the space, and which delineate the room contours with textual landscapes. Two computers randomly search and locate thousands of words within an endless virtual page of biographical information in real time. As each word is found, it is highlighted visually and spoken out loud by a male or female voice. The voices gradually cross each other in time, creating a dialog. The viewer participates in a deconstruction of history through a non-linear and associational reading of forgotten archival fragments.

Texts from: Who's Who in Central & East Europe 1933
Design & Software Development: Luca Ruzza Studio, Rome
Software Consultant: Alexandr Krestovskij
Sound: Tom Korr

Felix Meritis Foundation, Amsterdam, 1998
Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 1999-2000
Jewish Museum, New York, 2001
Arte in Memoria, Ostia Antica, Rome. 2002
Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, 2003 (26. 08. 2019)

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