Paradisebug

Paradisebug is a spacial installation translating and exploring virtual locality and materials within modern heterotopias. It consists of four counterparts: three light switches of every day use are positioned slightly above reach outside the exhibition space, when one enters the room expands into a long dark space slightly cold where four creton frames lie on the floor, each frame is a miniscule landscape interwoven with stripped fiberglass.

One tale ends underneath a small archival lamp clipped to the frame. The four lamps are the only light source of the room. When one follows the fiberglass bundle into the reduced landscape of its organic cretonsurface like structure of its concrete frame it discloses again in a carefully haircut like tufft that repeats structures found on the street near by. On the far end of the room a similiar faint light radiation that one could find on the four switches illuminates three tiny google icon sized icons/photographs a holidayretreat . An open door leads to the fourth counterpart: a small sound sampler that repetitively fills the room with the noise of slowly grinding fiberglass.

 

 

Michael Foucault describes Heterotopias as flexible social spaces that are subjected to constant social change. Normatively dissenting behaviour is ritualized and localized in those sequestered and mostly artificially structured places. One can find them on the fringing edges or hidden within societies or geographies. Opposing or complementing the idealistic character of Utopias their space is real and localized. Unlike Utopias the existence of heterotopias precedes its theory. 




 

Foucault points out that such places are often characterizes by religious intentions or their modern forms of such: churches, Colleges and retreats or today´s shopping malls function as an illusional and compensating…. But mainly he concentrates on institutionalizes and regimented Heterotopias like prisons, campuses or Psyciatric Hospitals.


I undertake the journey of researching virtuality for its heterotopian character while the installation focuses on materiality and locality. Measurable space of geography looses its constants and distances hand its prevalance over to time when one opens up the layer of informational flow within physical spaces.