By Camille Bardin

Your image is immediately projected and then the reflection of it appears and starts following you. This three-second gap makes you aware that time is passing. The installation «Anamnesis» (1973) problematizes the construction of our identity, putting forward a present and former self through with two distinct but dependent projections.

Each closed-circuit video installation of Peter Campus is therefore a new existential and perceptual experience for the visitor. By multiplying temporalities and bodily representations in space, he deconstructs our image.

Peter Campus in Anamnesis
Peter Campus in Anamnesis

Ana-chronically, his work is an abyss of our hyper-connected period. Unlike the 1970’s, we are confronted on a daily basis with our image and we have the means to control it but it’s impossible here to do the same. The video ergo sum exhibition is a reflection on the impossibility of being simultaneously the subject, and the product of the subject who thinks, the object.


Exhibition:
Peter Campus, video ergo sum
Until May 28th 2017
Musée du Jeu de Paume

Words by Camille Bardin
Photo Nathan Rabin, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery © Peter Campus 2017