survey mentally III
Wax on burning sand September 2001 Poland
Thomas and Tim are waxing their snowboards in the studio. In the workplace,
on shores, the boards are lying tightly next to each other, bottom side up.
Together they are a soft sloping structure (form, shape). Two boys wearing
caps, baggy trousers and big shoes, shift (slide, glide) through the space.
An old iron and bars of wax within reach. (As a second skin)The wax sticks
to the boards as a second skin. Beatbox sounds thud (echo) out of the stereo,
Razel, scratching and rapping, in the meantime the boys chafe and grind the
wax to the max. Polish to a smooth skin.
crossing a square, filmed from above. The video images are digitally adapted
(modified). Video stills become slices, layers and background, modified with
blur tool, smudge stick or liquefy. Smooth, sliding people in an unidentifiable
space. Images full of colour, images of people in open space, perspective
and dimensions are absent. The digital print flows into a smooth scene.
Making the videostills digitally flowing has the same effect as the heated
wax (paraffin) in the studio. The waxed panels give substance and tangibility,
and form a moment of fixation, just like the computer prints. Smooth and easy