FLATLAND
2011

Material
Wood structure, strech tissue and aluminium swing
Dimension
800 x 500 x 434 cm

In “Flatland”, the spectator becomes the actor by swinging himself into the back of a movie screen. The other spectators seated in the theater can see the front surface of the screen distorted by the body hitting the screen, in a three-dimensional, but phantomlike effect. “Flatland” questions what is reality and what is fiction, offering a spectator the possibility of becoming the main character of his imagination.
Swinging to and fro takes the visitor-turned-actor back to childhood. In an inexhaustible effort the child tries to rise higher and higher. The white screen reflects an image of the trajectories moved by the wishes, the desires, and the dreams of life. The visitor/actor aspires to reach the blank page of his own history to fight the vertigo of life.Even if he stands back, he takes the risk again and again. He projects himself into a world with wavering foundations, where setting up is impossible.Human beings desire to stand up but they see themselves as floating beings in an unstable world. “Flatland” employs the suspension of a body to elevate the mind’s eye.

Credit
Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon
Images : Paulo Costa
Collection : Centro de Arte Moderna – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal