Mise En Collision
Tate Modern, London
If ideality and reality in all naivete communicated with one
another, consciousness would never emerge, for consciousness
emerges precisely through the collision, just as it presupposes
the collision. Immediately there is no collision, but mediately
it is present. As soon as the question of a repetition arises,
the collision is present, for only a repetition of what has been
before is conceivable.
After a few technical difficulties, the video flickers to life.
The room is mirrored on the screen: the architecture, the lighting,
the chairs, the projector, and six members of the audience. The rest
of the audience is absent in the reflection, somehow extracted from
the representation. The six who are present, mirror their projected
actions live and in real time: one coughs (both on-screen and in the
screening room), another points to the screen and whispers in the ear
of her companion, two switch seats, another calls himself on his mobile
phone. Placed into head-on collision: ideality and reality, past and
present, recorded and live.