ruth schnell, installation in the government district
ruth schnell, installation in the government district
ruth schnell, installation in the government district

ruth schnell


installation in the government district

Entering a strange building one first has to get one's bearings. Unsteadly one's gaze seeks points of orientation and in the best of circumstances it linches onto a person who is familiar with the location, for instance a doorman.
If there is no such person, only signs remain for orientation. Yet what does it mean for instance if a red light suddenly begins flashing in the entrance area of the adademy?
Usually one enters unfamiliar buildings with a mental and physical bearing in some ways resembling the protective charm of a ritual initiation. Ruth Schnell subverts such protective mechanism with her work "Virtual Terms". Here she confronts the visitor of the Landesakademie with signs that are too trite to be immediately recognized as art and too unspectacular to be regarded as merely signs of orientation. At eye level, three approximately 30 cm high red luminous display poles hang on the walls. One is located in the corner of the doormans's box, the two others light up at the same height on the opposing wall. All three radiate nonvisible words generated by a computer. However, when the viewer swings his/her gaze over the three poles, these words could suddenly appear in the room, as a sort of side effect, on his/her retina. Unexpectedly he/she learns something about the foreign surroundings through a chance movement of the head.
(Christian Zillner)

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