1999, video installation, without sound, various size, 4'10"
A number of blue niches next to each other, a person disappears into each one, into the blue-box background when adopting a certain position. The movements resemble that of living sculptures or take on the gestures of the theatre of movement or martial arts.
version 3.0: three niches, back - projection screen, blue walls; 225x300x120cm
version 2.0: two niches
version 1.0: one niche (site-specific)
version 1.0 web: part of the project Pocket TV / collection of the C3 - Center for Culture & Communication Foundation
...) Video as an artistic means of presentation by now looks back on a past of several decades, while our visual world shaped by video has become a determinig factor of our culture in the past ten years. (...) Video installation as a medium and the 'Out of Shape' exhibition lead us to revise our expectations concerning images appearing on the screen. (...)
Hajnal Németh's 'Twice Good Night' and Eike's 'Tuning' are apparently successful re- and deformations, which, characteristically of installations, involve the surrounding space. In Twice Good Night, the image is projected on the convex backside of a parabola dish, while in Tuning, niches replace the screen. In line with the very nature of the genre of videoinstallation, the themes of the works are essentially topical: Németh's video exudes the air of music channels (pop music, techno images, slow camera movement, shocking cuts and shifts of sounds and images); while Eike juggles with merging real and virtual space (a living sculpture-like figure fading in the blue-box background). Gyula Várnai is up-to-date in another way: he focuses on the questions of epistemology. (...)