Falling Life (2005)

FALLING LIFE

Falling Life is a permanently ongoing project that was introduced for the first time in Berlin in August 2005. This urban screening project doesn’t need a curator or a gallery; it doesn’t need a fixed place or an access to electric power. The artists are equipped with a car, a laptop, a compact light powerful projector and a small power generator. With this very mobile equipment the artists are able to have an instant presence in the urban landscape of cities. They are using facades of buildings that can be immediately changed into a projection screen. What makes the project exciting is the variety of possible projection surfaces: the more uneven they are the more magic they look. Without any preparation and without any permits the artists are operating in a kind of projection guerilla style. From the moment the Projection is in place, the passing audience gets ...

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FALLING LIFE

Falling Life is a permanently ongoing project that was introduced for the first time in Berlin in August 2005. This urban screening project doesn’t need a curator or a gallery; it doesn’t need a fixed place or an access to electric power. The artists are equipped with a car, a laptop, a compact light powerful projector and a small power generator. With this very mobile equipment the artists are able to have an instant presence in the urban landscape of cities. They are using facades of buildings that can be immediately changed into a projection screen. What makes the project exciting is the variety of possible projection surfaces: the more uneven they are the more magic they look. Without any preparation and without any permits the artists are operating in a kind of projection guerilla style. From the moment the Projection is in place, the passing audience gets the opportunity to express their ideas which can be instantly typed and projected on the buildings. The live opportunity for accidental visitors to immediately see their ideas and to share them with the rest of the street audience is in our view a very efficient form of interaction between the public and the city. Michael Bielicky and Kamila B. Richter are using a minimalist language of constantly appearing and disappearing white pictograms or words. The moving icons represent the collective reality of our interconnected globalized world. Since the background of the projected objects is black, only the pictograms are visible and so the typical video frame disappears. With the help of an algorithm the combination, amount, size and speed of the objects is permanently changing and so the image is never the same. The artists reduce not only the form of the displayed objects but also the color, which, due to its absence, results in a pure white light. It is fascinating that the whole movie with for example 25 different sequences can have a size of only 50KB!!!

The last public appearance of Michael Bielicky’s and Kamila B. Richter’s light projections took place in September at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz. The (not invited) artists applied the theme of this year’s festival - “Hybrid - living in paradox” on the Ars Electronica itself: Ars Electronica is living in paradox. The artists used the same hybrid strategies Ars Electronica aimed to discuss as they created their own hybrid Ars Electronica layout by copying and recombining some of the language and pictorial units used for this year’s Ars Electronica promotion material.

Michael Bielicky and Kamila B.Richter

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  • Year Created: 2005
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Monday Jan 9th, 2006
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  • Work Credits:
    • michael bielicky, creator
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