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Eurovision time-travelling

Linda Wallace's Eurovision

Linda Wallace, Eurovision Linda Wallace, Eurovision
Three international juries recently announced the nominations for the transmediale.03 media art awards. Berlin’s transmediale is one of Europe’s leading and most innovative new media art festivals.

Five projects were shortlisted in the two categories Image and Software, from about 900 entries. eurovision, an interactive video by Sydney-based new media artist and curator Linda Wallace was nominated for the Image Award. OnScreen asked Wallace to fill us in on the work.

“One idea I investigate is the compositional variety multiple streams could take into a single frame. The work is also to do with narrative, the logic of the repeat and notions of materiality in the digital environment. In terms of its subject matter, eurovision speaks to the kind of legacy left by global European cultural and science/technological media exports from the late 50s to the late 60s, as seen framed by Eurovision 2000.

“Each channel in eurovision is like a time machine: my time, when I shot the digital still images in Europe in 2000; the broadcast time of the Eurovision 2000 Song Contest; the 2 films I was using for tests (and ended up getting obsessed with, dissecting their narrative structure)—Bergman’s 1957 The Seventh Seal and Godard’s 1967 Two or Three Things I Know About Her—and the final element, Russian space technology images of the 50s/60s, from a television documentary aired in 2000.

“Each channel, each time machine media element, has its own unique materiality inside the digital equaliser. Deleuze and Guattari consider art to be a time machine, a machine for making thought travel, so here we have a multiplicity of time machines, working in concord.” RT

RealTime issue #52 Dec-Jan 2002 pg. 19

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