12_series installation at Flux/S: total immersion

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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A woman is seen leaning against one of the pillars in the grungy and dusty old industrial space where the 12_series installation by Telcosystems was exhibited – completely enveloping herself in the soundscape and the constantly changing patterns and textures on the screens in front of her.

The 12_series installation by Telcosystems at the Flux/S art festival in Eindhoven was the Dutch premiere of this fascinating work, first exhibited in Pittsburgh in the USA. Interestingly, it’s also quite different as an installation than it was in the Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh.

Together with some friends, I went to Eindhoven for the festival and specifically 12_series. I was not disappointed! The venue was remarkable: one of the buildings that was originally part of the Philips manufacturing and laboratory complex: Since Philips mostly abandoned the city, the old buildings are gradually being taken over by all sorts of cultural activities. Works exhibited for the festival were spread out over a large area but mostly concentrated on one spacious industrial building. Apart from spacious and industrial, it was also quite grungy, with lots of peeling paint, and dust stirred up by the numerous visitors.

With 12_series – consisting of 12 computers controlling 12 screens each with an associated speaker – being exhibited in a large, completely darkened room, and all the tiny motes of dust hanging in the air, the result was fascinating. I tried to capture this (visual) mood and came up with these three photographs. They cannot do justice to the actual imagery to be seen on the screens: with exposure times between 1.6 and 2.5 seconds they are necessarily blurred, and the imagery can be better seen on screenshots. They cannot do justice to the immersive soundscape either – there is only silence here. Yet I feel they do capture some of the atmosphere of this installation in the grungy, dusty old building.

Read more on 12_series on the Telcosystems website; you can also get the richly illustrated book+DVD there.

Taken in Eindhoven, Netherlands during the Flux/S arts festival 2010-09-11
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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