For its new exhibition, the Room is inviting Werktank, a belgian production platform for media art, to present Touchtone, an installation of Wim Janssen.
A young boy is taught how to make a wineglass whistle by rubbing ones finger around the edge of the glass. A recording of this action was made on 16mm film, without sound. In the installation, the film runs out of the projector, through the space, over two wine glasses. The film strip is guided over two actual wineglasses. Just like in the image, they start to whistle, creating the sound of which we see the source in the projection.
Wim Janssen (BE) works with technology and audiovisual media. His work consists of media installations, video, film and sculpture, mostly characterised by a minimal aesthetic. They’re often translations or conversions of one specific medium into another medium.
The creations of Wim Janssen were shown throughout Europe and the United States, in many renowned venues or festivals like the Moscow Biennial for Young Art, the EFA Project Space New York, Artefact festival in Leuven and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
He was nominated for the New Technological Art Award of the Liedts-Meesen foundation in 2008 and received an Honorary Mention in 2011 at the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.
Photo credit: 16mm filmloop, 2’, b&w, silent, wineglasses, mechanical installation