Message To The Extraterrestrials


Two naked bodies of a man and a woman, filmed on the back, are projected on a ceiling, about twice life-size. The two images are archetypal, immobile and at first sight almost photographical. Water is beading on the surface of the skin and finally drops down, disappearing out of the image on the left or the right side like small flashes of light.
Two loungers, on which people can lay down, are placed right underneath the images. Doing so, the viewers body position will be more or less comparable with the position of the two projected images above him. The visitors body thus becomes a part of the installation. At the left and the right side of the place where the viewers head is situated, two loudspeakers are built in. They perform a spatial composition of electronic noises, related to communication radio signals. Within this composition, every falling drop can be recognized. Every drop is as such audible or influences the soundscape as a whole.
The symmetrical division of the female image opposed to that of the man and the symmetry within each of the two bodies (the left and the right side) are emphasized by the falling drops, either to the left or to the right.
The at first glance static human images at closer inspection appear to contain lots of subtle movement. A breath movement of the chest is perceivable, the hair of the woman is moving and now and then the hands, fingers, feet or the head slightly change position.  Even in the surface of the skin small movements are to be discovered.
In time, these breathing and living human figures, together with the unrolling drops of there bodies, turn out to be part of a in all details constructed entity.  The artificial character of this entity also takes shape in the rhythmic visual and audible patterns. Patterns that suggest a origin of some sort of communication and that could be part of a unknown scientific language.

The realization of this work has been made possible with support of the “Fonds BKVB / Netherlands Foundation for visual arts, design and architecture”

VIDEO (3-D simulation)