About 17 years ago I remember we had a wild
party dancing to a song by a band called Nirvana.
Nirvana is the title of a sequence of 191 photographs.
The title "Nirvana" to me means "transmigration".
So I tried to elevate the migration-theme of the
virtual residency project onto a meta-level. The work is specifically
dedicated to this project.
The images I selected deal with migration in several aspects:
1. physical migration
[pictures of travelling, pictures of nowhere]
2. mental migration
[travel of consciousness/attention] - deconstructing traditional
contextual slideshow concepts of a coherent place that is shown
- images are dissolving one into the other - but the sequence
is more a stream of consciousness than a story being told. Soft
3. data vs spiritual
migration [referring to opposing symbols of mass communication
and spiritual communication]
I tried to create a mix of these aspects to come to my personal
nirvana - hoping that a potential viewer may be reached and touched
in one way or another.
I have two main associations in regard to "nirvana":
1. the traditional
buddhist concept of death/enlightenment
2. the grunge
concept of self-denial - refusing a traditional [whatever
that means] life-style. This is already a perception of the traditional
concept / transferred to Seattle - nirvana of the second degree.
Now - that Kurt died such a long time ago - this leaves me historically
with a third degree of nirvana - that takes into account the previous