HD video, stereo sound

In the work AV Machine we see a curiously old-fashioned, combined cassette player and television, with a the screen not much bigger than a business card. The screen is turned on but we see only black-and-white interference, a fuzzy noise, and the sound is the fuzzy audio noise of a receiver that can find no signal to receive. On the one hand, it is just a piece of obsolete technology. On the other hand, concentrating our gaze on the image, we may be tempted to read more into it. For those who are approaching sixty and actually remember gadgets like these, it may be a symbol of innocence lost or faded dreams – forever seeking a signal that is no longer being broadcast. Others might interpret it in purely aesthetic terms, an ancient object to be contemplated like a ruin or a monument. In any case, the object, the image and the soundscape are ambiguous. They present three distinct layers of abstraction that combine to evoke these different associations and interpretations.

Text by Jón Proppé, on the video work AV Machine (2016).

Exhibition History
Sigurður Guðjónsson
2 September – 22 October 2016
Berg Contemporary