essay by Lee Triming
From the 20th of November 2001 new work of Marjan Laaper was shown
at the Contemporary Art Institute Sapporo in Japan. This work was
made during her time as an artist in residence on the S-AIR program
between September - December 2001. The artist took as her starting
point everyday scenes shot in Sapporo.
One of her pieces is a multiple video projection, slowed down and
inverted (so it looks like a negative.) It forms a panoramic view
of what could be a river landscape. There is a girl looking out
across the water. Every now and then, she throws a stone in. She
seems overwhelmed by the immense power of this mass of water. (photo
Water has often been associated with ideas of both change and continuity:
the flow of life. Movement and change are the ruling principles
of life. Laaper's work explores the relationship each of us has
with these universal forces as individuals. How many stones do you
have to throw into a river before you alter its course?
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