[spectre] OPENING TODAY: CASPAR STRACKE: MAIN FRAME @ THE THING
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Fri Nov 28 10:13:45 CET 2003
CASPAR STRACKE: MAIN FRAME
Opening reception: Friday, November 28, 7 - 10 PM
601 W 26th St. 4th floor
New York, NY 10001
"Main Frame" is on view from November 28 to December
4, Dusk until 7pm (closed Sunday).
THE THING presents "Main Frame," a site-specific video
installation by Caspar Stracke.
The first installation displays Strackes
single-channel work, "Zuse Strip," which uses THE
THING's server racks as a literal and metaphoric
In "Zuse Strip," Stracke investigates the encrypting
and decrypting of codes, and traces misinterpretations
of such codes emerged over time within "media
archaeology." The video draws on the work of German
computer pioneer Konrad Zuse, the research of the
archaeologist and linguist John Chadwick, and the
practice of deciphering ancient Greek scripts.
The second installation, "Proximity," plays sequences
from eight feature films that Stracke enlarged into a
pixilated grid of 16 x 5 panels, thus rendering
the images into abstract patterns in which objects are
only vaguely recognizable. The enlarged fields exactly
match the sizes of the 80 panels of THE THING's
factory-style windows, and when projected onto the
panes, the projection can be seen from both inside and
outside the building.
Along with the pixilated film clips, Stracke includes
the scenes' original soundtracks in which protagonists
describe their vision in a state of near blindness,
while others attempt to describe their hallucinations.
"Main Frame" highlights two ways of processing and
displaying computer data.
"Zuse Strip" places computer history into the "guts"
of a functional data-processing Internet server;
"Proximity" transforms the windows of the office
into a giant output for display. "Main Frame" makes
reference to the function
of a computer network, while transforming the entire
space into a computer-processing unit itself.
Caspar Stracke is a video artist basd in New York and
Hamburg. "Zuse Strip" was shown at "Future Cinema" at
ZKM earlier this year, and will also be seen in the
same exhibition at the ICC in Japan in December. He is
currently an Eyebeam resident, and a THING member
This exhibition was supported by the Experimental
THE THING /// 601 W 26th St 4th floor NY 10001
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