ALEXANDER HAHN

electronic media artist

THE DEAD | DINANATH PATHY

(2017, loop, HD video, 27" flatscreen, mirrored cylinder, pedestal, directional speaker)     


The Dead is an ongoing series of cylindric/anamorphic video reliquaries honoring people whom I have once recorded and who have since passed away, this one in memory of painter, author and art historian Dinanath Pathy (May 09, 1942 – Aug 29, 2016). Presented on upward facing flatscreen monitors with a central cylindric mirror, the videos are geometrically distorted. In the cylindric reflection, the original likeness becomes recognizable again. The mirror not only acts as the key to decipher the coded form of the 2-dimensional video but allows the viewer to walk around the image, creating the illusion of the luminous apparitions literally rising from their electromagnetic grave. Loop and cylindrical anamorphosis suggest the utopian possibility of eternal preservation, reminiscent of Morel's Invention by Bioy Casares or Raymond Roussel's Locus Solus, where the dead continually act out a pivotal incident in their lives. Though no doubt presumptuous, in The Dead, that would be the fleeting moment of our chance encounter. 



See also:  


Vito Acconci (2017)

Taylor Mead (2014)  

Lou Reed (2013)   

Max Mathews (2012)  

5 Anamorphoses (2002)