[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Van McElwee — Folded Follies

Artist Statement


This is an improvisation on Bernard Tschumi’s deconstructionist follies at Parc La Villette in Paris. The structures, which the architect has described as “post-humanist”, are translated into moving video images and subjected to a radical transformation. Unusual demands are made of the recording capability of the medium, as video and audio signals are pushed to extremes, and the follies are literally folded in time.

  • Van McElwee (USA) has been producing and exhibiting experimental video since 1976 and been the recipient of numerous grants in Britain. His videotapes have been screened widely in the United States, as well as in Europe, and are distributed worldwide by The Kitchen in New York, Heure Exquise! in France, and London Electronic Arts in Britain.