(The Blue Man) installation of film tubes, December 1999


The idea for the installation of film tubes arose at the end of the summer of 1998. Before that I already made the Portrait of Dr. Orynbay Epyrsekov photo collage-can installation in 1997, so I had some experience with the placement of pictures on round objects. The photo collage-can installation was a static one, the goal for the installation of film tubes was to create a peramanent moving object, similar to a filmloop. How to make such a loop without the usage of film or video? The video animation was cut up in vertical strips and these strips were pasted into the rotating transparent tubes. The installation is a little bit bigger than life-size.

The visual lagerst scale of a character is seen from a long distance. Everybody has his own walk. When you see a person from a long distance the first thing you see is how he or she walks. This way of walking makes any given passer-by (together with his style of clothing) a character. The only things that give the man on the film tubes his personality are the walk and the colour.