The White Hide (IV)
SD videoloop (colour, no sound) projected over a black and white slide projection, 2016
Two holographic deer bulls fight endlessly against the backdrop of a monumental and deserted landscape. The sound of the slide projector vent (not recorded in the video above) functions as the soundtrack of wind.
The work refers to Upper-Paleolithic cave paintings in several ways:
- The work is projected straight on the wall (not on a screen).
- Fighting animals, including deer, are a returning theme in a number of these paintings.
- The landscape is reminiscent of post-Ice age landscapes (but might also be set in the far future).
Examples (taken from Cave Art, Jean Clottes. Phaidon Press Inc, London, 2008):
Chauvet cave, Ardèche, France (Panel of the Horses), fighting rhinoceroses. Charcoal drawing on rock. Length of left rhinoceros: c. 100 cm. Dated to +/- 32,000 years BP. (p. 38-39)
Below: (Bellowing?) Stag, manganese oxide on rock (Axial Gallery). Length: 117 cm. Lascaux Cave, Dordogne, France. Dated to +/- 18,000 years BP. (p. 108-109)
The White Hide has had several incarnations since it was conceived in 2012.