4 channel video installation. Exhibited 2005 at the Fundació Joan Miro, Espai 13, in the series Obsessions, (zero % standard), Barcelona/Spain.
Ninety-minute video (16:3 format), projected onto a 7 m stage. A large cotton wool pad on a saucer, a portable radio, a Smart car with built-in loudspeakers and four projectors. The English dialogue is spoken by two speakers. Booklets in English, Catalan and Spanish are available. Between an oversized cotton wool pad on a saucer with a diameter of 250 cm and a Smart car runs a low stage encircled by a red curtain. The cotton wool pad talks to the Smart via a radio next to it; in turn the Smart communicates via the built-in speakers. Four synchronised projectors project a 90-minute video onto the surface of the low stage. The video illustrates the chat between the Smart and the cotton wool pad. The location of the recorded conversation is a restaurant car on a train. The view out of the window of the restaurant car shows the landscape rolling by as well as inserted film sequences commenting on the spoken text: a drive through a shopping street, a brass band in front of a department store, a pan through an amusement park, façades of town houses, etc. The two characters sit together in a stage-like situation talking about their lives. It is a long and freely developing conversation. And because neither of them sees their existence as something removed from society, the personal conversation also forms a reflection of our present times. The two characters are opposites. They are not exotic. They are modern types, illustrated by a Smart which, more than any other car, expresses the feeling of being alive today, and a cotton wool pad typically used for removing make-up and for facial cleansing. The cotton wool pad lies in a saucer and, with its diameter of 250 cm and table height, it is extremely oversized. Unlike driving a car, personal hygiene is an intimate matter. Thus the cotton wool pad represents a different view of things and it asks different questions than the car. The video dialogues are taken from conversations which the artist himself has had with strangers on trains, in restaurants and in other public places or conversations he has heard and recorded.
Narrators: Roger Tebb, Jeffrey Burrell; English translation: Allison Plath-Mosely; Spanisch and Katalan translation: Miro Foundation, Barcelona; Obsessions, (zero % standard), Curator: Montse Badia