Installation String, 2010
3 minutes Documentation
clip presented on Lines Fiction []
The clip can be understood as a visualization showing the connection between animation and drawing.

  • Original, without Sound
    Documentation with Sound:

  • QU: Besides your animations that can be viewed independently from your drawings you also use drawings and animations combined in one installation?

    Bettina Munk: Yes, the different nature of hand drawings and moving images together in one installation complement one another. It gives the art work a new complexity, for both media require a different temporal span of awareness.

    In the installation String I show the animations Stringmoment & String on wall-mounted flat screens, and in between four drawings from the Series S_3.

    Both animations show a number of dots emerging, then joined through pulsating lines. After a while everything disappears like a fleeting thought or is tying a net to create a swinging ephemeral body. The drawings between the monitors can be regarded as film stills. In these drawings an observer turns up as avatar for the viewer, and the dots mutate to part organic part geometrical forms. The drawings appear like close ups of the moving image.

    QU: Your work deals with chance operations?

    Bettina Munk: In my animations a computer program generates the spot of every dot by chance operations, in my drawings I throw dice for the composition, finding the location for each element by coincidence.

    The concept is based on chance in an artistic tradition of John Cage. I am very fond of his conception of art and compostion. His ideas refer to the I Ging and Eastern philosophy, while my work is inspired by the concepts of quantum physics and the concept of probability – no contradiction anyway.

    In English the term „chance“ has a positive tone: „to get a chance“, an opportunity. In German it sounds more pessimistic – „Zufall“: something falls upon you, linguistic: an accident.
    I prefer the term „coincidence“. In our everyday life we experience strange coincidences that give our life a new turn until the whole life is formed this way. And in physics researchers are looking for the nature of coincidence that form the indetermities of the universe we live in.

    Animation Stringmoment

    Animation String