J. Villiger, J. Handleman & D. Villiger｜躍入泥沼 Jump in the Bog
躍入泥沼 Jump in the Bog
Judit Villiger, Janice Handleman & Daniela Villiger
Swiss, U.S.A. & Swiss
Our installation poses alternatives to the assumption that a picture can only be perceived from a distance or from a bird’s-eye view. The eye typically “walks” through a picture, but we invite the viewer to move throughout the image - physically. Walking through the picture (with the eye or on foot) allows new perspectives to emerge: sensorial perceptions replace the more rational comprehension of having an overview. Placing a drawing in the landscape allows viewers a transition from experiencing a general view of the installation to losing themselves in its context. A photograph of a Joseph Beuys' project called Bog Action (1971) serves as master image for this work. The subject matter of Bog Action refers to the ecosystem that is endangered due to human interference, thus the central mission of Guandu National Park is integrated into the project. With another work by Beuys, Eurasia (1968), a link is forged between two poles, namely the exchange of cultural assets between the East and the West. Our project would like to contribute to this link. In addition, we refer to Beuys‘ 7000 Oaks (1982), a project which includes the factor of time. For Beuys’ project, oak trees were planted next to basalt stone columns. A contrast evolves between the trees that continue to grow over years, and the columns, which will eventually be worn away. Our installation will also transform with time as well. Marsh grass grows rampantly and will eventually conceal the elements placed in the installation. Nature will gain the upper hand during the rainy season causing a conversion between the order created by human beings and the order of nature. This Beuys-like action captured in analogue photography is digitalized with Photoshop, rendered in stakes to produce a matrix of dots (0=white, 1=black) and then transferred to the landscape. An order formed by digitalization is placed within the order created by the natural growth of the park resulting in a domesticated landscape: a garden.