1998/99, 1-channel video, 2-channel installation, 7′ SD Pal / textsampling: Stella Händler
narrator: Jo Dunkel
In the filming of Scanner a short fragment of a scene out of a horrorfilm was repeatedly shown to an actor and his face was filmed as he watched the scene and described what he was seeing on the monitor screen. Initially, the image was quite distorted through technical scrambling and was only gradually made apparent and decipherable to the actor in several rounds of viewing. With each repeated round as the distortion of the image was decreased, the horror scene conveyed via the actor’s description became increasingly vivid. As well, in the repetition of the rounds in addition to the description, the actor was directed to try to mimetically imitate the figures as they became recognizable to him.
When we put together the material developed in this way, we did
so in a manner that the original scene was still intact in the text, but we consciously allowed the description to remain quite vague. Although in the original film the possibility of releasing the tension of the scene in an explicit presentation of violence was of great importance, we attempted rather to put the uncanny in the foreground leaving the tension of the scene unresolved.
The result is a narration in fragments which circles around a dark core. The images appear only fleetingly and variably in the mind of the viewer where they gradually condense into a mysterious scene.