Macro World: One Hour3 and Canned

Angela Bulloch
June 1 – July 6, 2002

Macro World: One Hour3and Canned2002
35 DMX modules, raised Euro palette floor, suspended mirrored ceiling, sound

Duration 60:00 min (loop)
253 x 355 x 50,7 cm


Photo © Howard Sheronas

TV Series: Global Weather, 2002 (left) 

Mixed media

125 x 50 x 50 cm 

TV Series: International News, 2002 (center) 

Mixed media
125 x 50 x 50 cm 

Macro World: One Hour3and Canned2002 (right) 
35 DMX modules, raised Euro palette floor, suspended mirrored ceiling, sound

Duration 60:00 min (loop)
253 x 355 x 50,7 cm

Photo © Howard Sheronas

TV Series: Global Weather, 2002 (left) 

Mixed media

125 x 50 x 50 cm 

TV Series: International News, 2002 (center) 

Mixed media
125 x 50 x 50 cm 

Macro World: One Hour3and Canned2002 (right) 

35 DMX modules, raised Euro palette floor, suspended mirrored ceiling, sound

Duration 60:00 min (loop)

253 x 355 x 50,7 cm

Photo © Howard Sheronas

Original exhibition invitation (recto) 

Macro World: One Hour3 and Canned

Angela Bulloch
June 1 – July 6, 2002
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The way the pixel module developed by Angela Bulloch is treated in the present installation deals even stronger than before with the connection between the media and everyday life. 

 

The trend towards an interchangeability of globalised TV formats is condensed here into a pixel wall of 2,50 x 3,50 m as a carrier of abstracted visual information.

 

While the pixel screen Z-Point, currently exhibited at Fondation Beyeler ("Claude Monet …bis zum digitalen Impressionismus," prolonged until August 18, 2002) refers to Antonioni's film Zabriskie Point as the source of Bulloch's regulation of abstraction, the starting point of the new piece is the reference to current television programs. 

 

In Macro World: One Hour3and Canned Angela Bulloch uses material from BBC World: World News, Global Weather – the topography of an invisible world, presented to us merely as a map and as standardised, depersonalised platform: "Equatorial depressions today." Increasingly interchangeable commercials promoting global players, produced by likewise multinational advertising agencies, and the interview program HARDtalk with current prominent opinion-leaders. 

 

Every hour on the hour at BBC World an almost perpetually uniform program is broadcast worldwide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week… 

 

In the hour-long cycle of material there are deliberate mistakes placed into the program. They can be seen at intervals throughout the loop: A single pixel of a strange colour appears within the fractured image and grows across the screen. The mistakes block out the already not quite recognisable images of talking heads or landscape scenes, exactly the kind of images you see on standardised news programs like BBC World. An ambient sound track featuring the BBC World's corporate sound identity, called BBC World: The Music by David Lowe, accompanies the loop.

The work is 'framed' by a raised floor made of Euro palettes and a lowered ceiling of plastic mirror tiles, the gallery space is thus condensed into an irregular cube.

 

Apart from one hour BBC World condensed by the pixel screen, two further pieces from the series Micro_World are exhibited: Single pixel modules, mounted on metal legs, each depicting the portrayal of a single programme, like an abstract substratum trimmed into shape, International News and Global Weather.

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