The Encyclopedia of Kurt Caviezel
For the past 15 years, from his studio in Zurich, Kurt Caviezel has been monitoring 15,000 publicly accessible webcams located all over the world. By taking screenshots of any situation he found interesting he compiled an archive of more than 3 million images, categorizing them for recurring patterns and subjects. The dust jacket of the book contains all 15,000 web-links used by Kurt Caviezel to create this body of work.
From the foreword by Joachim Schmid:
Through years of camera surveillance the artist has compiled a virtually unreal amount of images, which have all been harvested from webcams. The quantity of images is of crucial importance here, because quantity (as is the case with many collections of things) at some point turns into quality. Only abundance enables the detection of recurring patterns. May the single image be just funny or banal or vacuous, in a series of similar ones it becomes a building block of knowledge. By sequencing kindred images, Caviezel makes order emerge from the torrent of images.
Author: Kurt Caviezel
Foreword by Joachim Schmid
Curated by Nicoló Degiorgis
Design: Nicoló Degiorgis and Walter Hutton
Translation: Rosella Martini and Daniel Falb
Format: 414 pages, hardcover, 16x24cm
Publication date: May 2015
Editon Patrick Frey, Zurich
Softcover, 276 pages, 252 b/w images
21 x 24 cm
During the summer months of 1997, Kurt Caviezel photographs, through his window, the interiors of cars stopping at the red light outside his apartment on a busy Zurich intersection. The view through the 1000 mm tele lens, double-glazed window pane and curved car screen is obstructed by reflected light, mirrorings and slight distortions, acquiring a certain atmospheric distance in its surreptitious encroachment while seeming detached, objective, interested only in passing. The slanted view from above catches a spectacularly commonplace interface between intimacy and public view.
Red Light is fragments of sitting bodies and snatches of expressive body language, a complex, fascinating ballet of gestures and hinted-at movements between steering-wheel and safety-belt, as well as a fleetingly captured inventory of details of car interiors and pieces of clothing, with a wealth of expressive signs and patterns. Red Light is “a stream of information on which the viewer glides along, pouring over the detail of a purse embossed with a heart pattern here, and musing on the assimilation of individualism and anonymity there.” (Hans Danuser)
|Kurt Caviezel, POINTS OF VIEW|
Publikation zur Vergabe des
MANOR - Kunstpreises 2002
und zur Ausstellung
"Kurt Caviezel, POINTS OF VIEW" im Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur.
Ulrich Binder, Zürich
und Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur
mit Texten von Ulrich Binder und Beat Stutzer,
Verlag: Edition HOWEG, Zürich ISBN 3-85736-215-4