REVIEW ON FW
The examiner.com (Chicago) wrote a review on "Falling Water" at SOFA Chicago:
ARTICLE FOR CGS
”Falling Water” -
a collaborative work combining glass and video.
Article by Stine Diness and Martin Thaulow.
”Falling Water” -
An installation, a ”cloud” made of a formation of a 1000 drops of solid
glass, a video projection and a playback of a soundscape.
Water” in Wakefield
Earlier this year we were invited to exhibit our
collaboration project ”Falling Water” in ”The Project Space” at Westgate
Studios in Wakefield. We happily accepted,months later packed our heavy
bags and took off for Wakefield to set up the installation for
exhibition during the CGS September conference at Yorkshire Sculpture
When glass and video come together…“Falling Water” is a
project presenting glass, video and sound in combination in an
art installation. The installation consists of a “cloud”, made of a
formation of 1000 drops of solid glass, a video projection on both the
floor-surface below and a wall in the space, and a playback of a
soundscape in surround sound.
The project commenced as a dialogue and was carried on as an
ongoing work and progress process. Making “Falling Water” we considered
the glass object a frozen momentin time, and then Martin composed the
moving images and the soundscape to make them relate and interact.
of our intentions with the installation is to enhance the spectator’s
awareness of time and presence. The “cloud” is a 3D object made by
“replicating” the movement of falling drops, and the video loop shows
long shots and repetitions of rain, clouds, moving landscapes, a dead
cat etc. Using slow rhythm and repetitions we aim at forcing a
meditative space upon the spectator. We try to make a pause of
reflection in todays busy world, where everybody is rushing from A to B,
being constantly bombarded with commercials, noises, expectations
and the other aspects of the modern way of life. We want to make people
percieve, connect and interact with the installation, hoping they
experience it turning into a piece of atmospheric poetry.
Glass in Denmark is almost exclusively classified as a
material for craft and not considered as an art genre. I feel this is a
conventional approach towards glass and a limitation of the media.
Placing glass in a context with video and sound brings glass out of that
category, and creates an opportunity for another approach. Working
collaboratively gave me a chance to look at glass from a
new perspective. It makes me feel like I am given a key to another world
of ways of expression: A place where I can play, interact and
reinterpret my own work and expression.
To me thecombination of
glass and video emphasize the idea of presence and time. Moving images
and sound have a variety of combinations and possibilities to
illustrate time and feelings that glass isn’t capable of, and therefore
it’s a great blend. We have succeeded in creating a fascinating mixture
of static glass in adirect interaction with the dynamic flow of sound
The glass object
When making the 1000 glass drops,
every single one of them became a psychical depiction of“ capturing a
moment”. Each drop required my presense and attention when lettingthe
glass fall and then freeze at the right moment, representing a state of
For 12 years I have been composing
images and working in the visual field. I’m working from a theory saying
that regardless whether you make paintings, videos, music, architecture,
glass, ceramics and all the other visual media, we speak the same idiom.
It is all about mastering a media to a point, where you can express
your own person and personal signature freely, without being troubled
with themedia’s complexities and limitations. This project is one of
many in a widerange of different media collaborations I have been
involved in. I use these projects in my quest for an understanding of
the visual world, of the joint language, of myself and of the
possibilities of new combinations and collaborations.
nature of glass in this project, I found the way glass absorbs,
transforms and reflects light very appealing. It has a unique ability to
be transparentand opaque at the same time, e.g. depending where you
place yourself inrelation to the glass. The way reality can be
distorted and twisted when the glass is shaped also had an influence on
the making of the video loop andsoundscape.
The video loop
The video loop was created from the idea of a single rain
drop falling. A perfect round shape led to the round film format. This
circular form inspired an abstract and sublime depicting of subjects
such as, birth, lust, death andre-birth. A single raindrop falls, hits
a surface and is absorbed in the systemonce again. Just like the cyclus
of life. The audio created for ”Falling Water” are the sounds of rain,
outer space, nuts hitting the floor, birds, dogs and much more, all
chosen to appeal to and work with the memory of the body.
The past and
future of ”Falling Water”
The project has been met with very large
interest. At first “Falling Water” was selected for BIGG (Breakthrough
Ideas In Global Glass) in Ohio, then we got theopportunity in
Wakefield, and now it is to be shown at SOFA in Chicago. In January we will further develop the project
for an exhibition in “A Gallery” in Copenhagen and we are
currently working on exhibition plans for 2010/11. But most importantly
we truly appreciate every time people use their valuable time on