Playing with Numbers

4-channel video installation, DVD 12' (excerpts), 2007

The abstract world of numbers is being transformed in the artist’s studio. It scratches, rustles, crackles and claps. The sound reinforces the impression of a laborious task. Woodcuts are produced, but it could also be a unique, roughly carved currency. Traditional means of art production are suddenly associated with the production of money. The falling dice refer to gambling. The positions of the dice outline the shape of a stain, which is then painted around the dice.

Zeros made of modeling clay are lined up in an endless queue. What is the value of a million, when it is kneaded in clay? Hands stick through the number 150000 and create rustling noises. The number is then cut into pieces and wiped off the table. After particular rules, numbers are being produced, modified and destroyed again. The work addresses the process itself, the sounds this process creates and the aesthetic and physical appearance of the numbers.

Sponsored by the Fachausschuss Film und Medienkunst BS/BL

Exhibition Kunstkredit, Kunsthaus Baselland, 2007