HEIKE
BARANOWSKY

Mondfahrt 2001 | parallax, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 2013

 

Mondfahrt 2001, 2001

 

Baranowsky filmed the full moon from a boat for this full-wall projection. Like a ball in an old-fashioned computer game, the satellite seems to glide slowly up and down, touching the bottom and top of the frame at irregular intervals. Intuitively, the viewer expects the moon to stand still in the night sky. She does not get the impression that this is an animation, however. She realizes only gradually that the movements of the heavenly body are caused by the waves that move the boat on which the camera is positioned. Here, the satellite responsible for the movement of the oceans, for high and low tides, and the swell of the sea is itself moved by the sea.

 

parallax, 2009

2-channel video installation, ca. 102 in. x 276 in., 0:28 min. loop, color, silent, in sync

 

Parallax is based on a drive through what appears to be a typical German conifer forest in the spring time. The 28-second loop is shown with a slight time shift on two projection areas separated by a narrow gap. The work plays with the astrophysical law of parallax, which applies not only to the observation of planets but also to 3D cinema. The gap in projection, into which the objects from the forest foreground always seem to disappear briefly, visualizes the actually imperceptible blind spot on which our vision is founded.