Typical of a group exhibition is the list of names of the chosen few. Surnames, names and nationalities. For insiders automatic bells are ringing and all sorts of networking, relationships and interests will become obvious. Outsiders might just as well open a phone book directory.
The computer animation “Group exhibition” (or “NameGame”), based on a code example by Jared Tarbell, mixes all the surnames and names on purpose. The bells might still ring for insiders, but gradually they will soon sound more like an alarm and challenge their fancy name dropping capabilities. Outsiders won’t even notice and might appreciate the subtle power play in the background: each artist is represented on screen as a floating human figure. When two artists collide, only one survives and gets bigger until only the biggest completely fills the screen and then disappears.
This animation is a digital work in situ and was first created for the exhibition ‘Heilige Geest II’ at Voorkamer in 2006 and updated the first time in 2010 for ‘Zweierlei’ the exhibition by Voorkamer at Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel (CH). In 2015 it was again updated as part of a compilation of animations called ’Don’t Panic’.
“Group exhibition” is a name game against a background of king-size pixels, a zoom into a jumble of people all tangled up with each other.
For ‘De Laatste Show’ the lists are once again updated with newest Voorkamer data. The installation will also be adapted to the display and hardware options available for this last exhibition at Voorkamer.
Big thanks to Jared Tarbell for his inspiration and code examples.