Cluster - Rainer Gamsjäger
Cluster

As Artist in Residence (in cooperation with the film festival Crossing Europe), Rainer Gamsjäger has developed a new work, ‘Cluster’ (2010), for Triennale Linz. It forms the epilogue of his series of works dealing with phenomena of nature. Whereas slow tracking shots across a landscape (‘Split’), a wood (‘Trifter’) and an industrial zone (‘Fixcraft’) create the digital space of the video through the movements of the camera, in ‘State of Flux’ (water) and ‘Cluster’ (smoke) it is the camera that is static, while the motif moves. At the centre of the two latter works are chaotically dynamic systems; ‘Cluster’ is a première in that it deals with a staged phenomenon: a smoke bomb.

In physics, the term ‘cluster’ describes, among other things, a system of individual atoms or molecules on the cusp of a physical body. A computer cluster is a group of linked computers, which is vastly superior to a single computer in terms of the data volume it can handle. The monumental panorama of a six-channel video installation of white smoke in front of a black background does not venture beyond a totally abstract, mysteriously suggestive pattern of allusions.

Rainer Gamsjäger

The Austrian artist Rainer Gamsjäger works, in a manner of speaking, in the old genre of landscape painting, even if nature photography supplies him with no more than the raw material for his computer-generated works. He aims for a structural analysis of video as a medium; proceeding from the notion of a digital space that video is based on, with the format of height times width plus a temporal sequence t, Gamsjäger intervenes in the video’s linearity using self-programmed software. This intervention in the digital structure creates irritatingly alienating effects that exert a kind of magical pull on the viewer.

 

 

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Cluster

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Credits:
‘Cluster’ (2010), Rainer Gamsjäger. Image by Otto Saxinger.


Credits: Video portrait ‘Rainer Gamsjäger, Cluster (2010) by Gabriel Soucheyre, @omproduction