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Jules Spinatsch

Surveillance Panorama Project © Jules Spinatsch

Jules Spinatsch, Vienna MMIX – 10008/7000
Surveillance Panorama Project No. 4 – The Vienna Opera Ball
Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich, 2014

ISBN 978-3-85881-408-1

Jules Spinatsch questions the society of control and the spectacularisation of power. Using a computer-controlled camera system, the artist scans the auditorium of Vienna Opera Theatre on the occasion of the prestigiousOpera Ball. This protocol produces 10,800 photographic images taken from top to bottom, from left to right, during an event leasting from 8 in the evening to 5 in the morning. The result has been assembled according to various exposure devices. In a giant panorama, which reflects the spatial dimension of architecture, and here offers two different sequences. Volume one, entitled “Every Three Seconds,” comprises 18 photographs, which corresponds to two minutes of real time per double page. Volume two offers a selection of 71 full-page images. In the first volume, the spatiotemporal dimension evokes the movements captured by photographers, who were the precursors of the cinematographer. In the second, the choice of photographs, which seems random, reminds us that each image has its own autonomy and poetry. The box also contains a brochure which includes, among others, a very rich text by critic David Campany. [Denis Pernet]