In 1998 a new museum dedicated to the work of
the painter Felix Nussbaum opened in Osnabrück. The Dutch video artist
Peter Bogers was invited to develop an installation for a specific
location inside the museum complex, referred to by the architect Daniel
Liebeskind as the ’Vertical Museum’.
A video-screen, which is hanging close to the
ceiling high above one's head, shows a clenched fist and the palm
of a hand slowly rotating together. One after the other either the
hand or the fist trembles. Just when the quivering changes from the
hand to the fist or vice versa, a strong flashlight is triggered off
and lights up the screen. The slight ticking sound of the flashlight
is heavily amplified. An unknown symbol was created via simple image
manipulation, juxtaposing the classic symbol of power (the fist) and
the symbol of fragility and vulnerability (the opened hand).
B. Tschumi pavilion, Hereplein Groningen 1996
The Tschumi-pavilion in Groningen is a quite
extraordinary small building standing in the centre of a crowded roundabout.
It is mainly made out of glass and can be described as a glass box
which is lifted off the ground on one side.
The image of ‘Force II’ was projected on two
semi-transparent screens, placed inside the glass box on the outer
edges. By analogy with the nature of the roundabout and the heavy traffic rotating there,
the video-images rotate as well, in a very steady and slow way. No sound is used in this arrangement.