Johannes Langkamp carries out ongoing, playful research into the medium video. Inspired by everyday reality, he creates many short video fragments using basic and simple means, giving them a raw and sketchy style. By exploring perspective and perception, Langkamp discovers outcomes that surprise himself as much as others. His ideas evolve while experimenting with the features and limitations of his tools (cameras, situations, displays), and through this process Langkamp naturally develops rough sketches into installations that highlight the camera’s relationship with space.
Falling Frames is the first fragment of a series in which Langkamp explores the framing and visualization of three dimensional perspective through the two dimensional medium video, both technically as well as conceptually. In his own words, “the project is simply a research into space and how we experience space.” To record the work, he built a special device that’s attached to a tall industrial crane, which contains a stack of wooden picture frames that can be released from a height of ten to fifteen meters. The camera is placed right in the center of the action, and captures the frames’ movement while they fall down. The slow motion recording of 240 still frames per second allows us to experience every millimeter of movement to the very detail. While the frames get smaller and smaller in perspective as they move further away from our view, they are immediately followed by the next frame and the next one, until they’ve all reached the floor and found a place to rest.
HD video, 2015, 1’09”
BIO Johannes Langkamp (born 1985, Laer, Germany) experiments with the features and movements of video cameras and smartphones, as well as with their possibilities and limitations to capture perspective. The camera often becomes the main protagonist, sharing with us the way in which it registers reality. Langkamp has earned a BA in fine arts from AKI ArtEZ, Enschede, the Netherlands, with exchanges in London and Wellington, New Zealand. Recent solo exhibitions include Emaf, and Lichte Momente, Osnabrück, Germany; Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China; Werner Deutsch Preis, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, and Kunstverein Emmerich, Germany.