The LAB TALK “What is the point(ing)? Innovation durch Reproduktion.” was the starting point for the EMEE EuroVision Lab for monochrom. In collaboration with our associated partner, the paraflows festival, the festival for digital arts and culture with the this years theme: “digital migration” we were able to spread the ideas of EMEE and put them also in practice. The paraflows exhibition and the symposium deal with the very recent topic of migration in its multiple facets from data migration to the migration of people, ideas and objects. The topic of our LAB TALK was a general overview on the EMEE project and on the concept of the “Change of Perspective” but also an invitation to the wonderful world of Zeigerpointer.
The Zeigerpointer (a German-English word-mix tautology) is depicted in a series of twelve oil paintings. They were commissioned by monochrom and painted by Chinese copy painters in Dafen. The templates for the oil paintings were local newspapers clippings showing crime scenes in which the witness was shown pointing to a place where the incident took place to underline the evidence of occurrences. Such photographs can often be found in local newspapers as visual proof of the written words. Pointing to formerly existing or virtual objects assigns meaning.
Paintings and sculptures showing people pointing, for example in Leonardo da Vinci ’s (1513-16) depiction of St. John the Baptist pointing to heaven or Napoleon pointing the way in “Bonaparte Crossing the Alps at the St. Bernard Pass” by Jacques-Louis David (1800-1801), can be found very often throughout European art history from Christian iconography to the present. Pointing itself is a gesture intended to direct and change the common perspective of where the recipient should focus his/her attention and to make the absent visible and believable.
We brought our ideas to the stage of the paraflows symposium and invited the audience to participate.
The second part of the monochrom EMEE EuroVision Lab will start in april 2016 and deals again with the Zeigerpointer and the gesture of indication in Europe. One Object – Many Visions.