Studio Rotterdam 19-09-2002 3.30 to 7.15 pm, 2002, slideinstallation 14′
“To strike a pose is to present oneself to the gaze of the other, as if one were already frozen, immobilized- that is: already a picture.” Graig Owens
Identification, representation and the moment of ‘becoming-the-image’ while one is being photographed are the main issues of Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s installation, Studio. Van Oldenborgh chose to work with the Rotterdam based photographer, Ari Versluis, who gained international acclaim together with Ellie Uyttenbroek for a series of “portraits” called Exactitudes. Versluis and Uyttenbroek identify and register groups of people, who code themselves, consciously or unconsciously, through dress, sense and behaviour, by photographing them as they pose “as themselves.”
Van Oldenborgh filmed the photographer Versluis at work in a four-hour session one Friday afternoon. In this session the models and the photographer have all become actors for the film by playing the roles they have that afternoon; partly portraying themselves in the image they expect. The camera is a silent observer of the transitions between the model and the photographer and an active creator of new intermediaries. The unique moments of interaction captured on film are ‘frozen’ and then transferred to slides. These moments are then carefully directed by Van Oldenborgh in an exemplarily and compelling slide-installation.
text Wendelien van Oldenborgh on Studio