Secular Rhythm


Secular Rhythm | 2009 | disco ball, slide projector, slide, tripods, mikrohpone, computer fan, control unit | installation view, After All Everything Is Different In The End, HISK, Gent/BE


As an artist duo who divide their time and space between two different cities, thusandhence [Jakob Dietrich & Kai Maier-Rothe] are used to the efforts and limitations it takes to collaborate over a distance. On being invited to participate in this show, one of the two traveled to Belgium while the other one stayed in Austria. They wanted to find out how it feels to think simultaneously about simultaneity over a long distance. A sign on the floor of the exhibition space marks the position of the traveler during the rendezvous.

Spatial distance often simultaneously causes and challenges the desire for synchronism: the larger the distance the more challenging it has been in history of mankind to synchronize events in time. Technically speaking, an absolute synchrony can never be reached. Hence, we merely beguile our senses when we reach out for the perfectly synced experience. The ritualistic and fetishizing celebration of synchronized light and sound appears to be nothing else but the performance of a desire, a dream that will never come true.The installation in two parts Secular Rhythm represents the atomization of one of the most famous and seemingly perfect audiovisual units, the disco club. The artists project the still image of a mirror ball onto a mirror ball hanging in the exhibition space. The wind of a ventilator, sensed by a microphone and translated into electricity, feeds the same ventilator with power. All looping beats and spinning mirror balls of the disco club have stopped, sound and vision are no longer creating an audiovisual whole. Looping within themselves and apart from each other like separate planets, they are split into two entities, one audio whole and one visual whole.