Places, 2006

Video installation – Betacam SP 4/3 – Black and white – 12 min loop

Courtesy of the artist, Eva Hober gallery (FR) and Reinhard Hauff gallery (DE)

On four hanging screens, Places displays four settings devoid of human presence: a deserted intersection, a street or an empty town square.
Time seems to stand still, yet the timecode in the frame indicates a loop of a few stills playing in extreme slow motion. The images are taken from news shots in the Gaumont-Pathé collection and consist of a few frames immediately preceding or following the event in the news item: a tank or patrol passing by, the explosion of a building.
This installation creates a fictional place in constant tension where the drama and ghosts of history lurk nearby yet never enter.