by Gebhard Sengmüller
A photo series showing Erasure Coils: large electromagnets which are used in broadcasting companies to instantly erase the content of audio and video tapes. The series consists of seven photos of these devices, located in the regional studios of the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation). In my opinion, these machines represent a mechanical/industrial form of "forgetting".
The Erasure Coils photo series was produced for the vergessen© project, a collaboration of about 20 artists and art theoriticians working on the topic of forgetting in different ways, trying to cope with a phenomenon which seems inaccessible to known methods of epistemology. The vergessen© project is an attempt to actively embrace one aspect of life which is almost entirely ignored by our usual machines of knowledge.
[Erasure Coils - photos (images)]
[Erasure Coils - installation views (images)]
[vergessen© movie trailer (flash video)]
[vergessen© movie trailer (mpeg4 video)]
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[vergessen© catalog (pdf)]
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