'Extension (1)' is a large sculptural installation, combined with projected, animated video films and a soundscape. The work is a monochrome white, sculptural interpretation of an intensive-care unit with an empty hospital bed, surrounded by a complex configuration of high-tech equipment. The installation does not make use of ready-mades: every element or module was designed, stylized and executed in wood and steel. Then everything was sprayed with a pure white, high-gloss coating. All of the wires and electronic cables between the machines were designed as a gigantic tangle of plastic tubes that wildly grow into, out of, through, between and around the shapes and the bed itself. This gives the sculpture a light, surreal quality, and evokes something that is both luxurious and inviting and cold and sterile. The video projections cause architecturally distorted fields of light to glide across the objects, transforming the tableau as though it were continually changing both its surroundings and its place in time. The animated video is concrete at times, abstract at others, evoking a dimension that exists between dream and reality. The evocative soundscape, with its sounds of automated life, musical elements, voices and ambient noises, augments the experiential level of this multi-media installation.
Courtesy: Caldic Collection - Rotterdam