Installation / Multi-channel video projection / Surround sound / 2006
In “Fallbeispiel”, which looks at the “falling body”, professional dancers and actors perform examples of falls. The falls are repeated relentlessly until their physical effects can be seen, thus allowing the viewer to discern the passage of time. Only the seconds just before and after the fall – the preparation, the effect and the reaction of the falling person – are made visible. The traces and signs of the moments just before or after the fall entail the uneasy question of how much longer each steady position can be held, thereby potentially depriving the observer from their own protected position.The fall itself is replaced in the picture by a rhythmic “fading-out” and reappearance of the body. Depending on the available space, life-size pictures of this filmed dancers and actors are installed as a dual or triple channel projection.
The actual action, the fall not shown in the picture, is resumed on the sound track, which captures the adapted and abstracted sounds of the bodies and their internal throbbing, vibrating, thudding and scuffing. This stands in opposition to the image and its silence. These noises are recorded using contact and stethoscope microphones, and represent an audio composition within the installation, in the form of surround sound.
With support from City of Bern Cultural Department, Canton of Bern Cultural Office and the Migros Cultural Percentage.