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Dwellan Contemporary Video Art, 2004 Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, Kopenhagen, Dänemark

By exploring and extending my research from the personal space to  architectonic spaces, and then from built space to the mere idea of space and place I became familiar with contemporary theory. This Installation deals with the terms of space and place in a philosophical but also political way.

In this installation a satellite image of Seattle is projected onto the sand-covered floor of the exhibition space. One can see houses, streets, the overall structure of the city. The projection shows an empirical space; routes, networks, workplaces, private houses… which one can consider as place.

As soon as the visitor enters the installation, she herself becomes a projection surface and is confronted with her own shadow which at the same time cuts a „hole“ in the structured landscape of the projection. The visitor influences the appearance of the installation alone with her presence and with each movement. Every step leaves behind footprints which lead to blurriness and unevenness in the projection. The projected network of the city becomes a continuously changing landscape. The central moment of this work is followingly the visitor who with her physical presence – with her body and weight – makes the spatial experience itself possible.

Exhibition view, Urban Nature- Gothenburg Arthall 2001

Upon entering the room where Jutta Strohmaier has projected a satellite picture of Seattle upon a floor covered with fine sea-sand, one finds onesef moving over a city structure of roads, streets, buildings and meandering riverbeds. Every step will be an enchroachement upon the picture and the slight fuzzy shaking of the projector creates a feeling of vertigo. We are within the picture but also lighyears away. In his latest book, Passage to Juneau, the Brithish-American feature-writer Jonathan Raban describes Seattle as „the city of of virtual reality“. The breach between the real and the virtual is also present in Strohmaiers work; the city is both an abstaction and a tangible landscape.

Urban Spaces, Arthall Gothenburg
Sara Michaelsson