Video works from Juha van Ingen screened at Centre Pompidou, Paris on November 9

Videos by Juha van Ingen’s are shown at Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. The event “As long as possible” takes place on November 9 2022 at 7-9 PM in Cinéma 2. The screened works include (Dis)integrator (1992), Ghost Rider (2012), Web-Safe (1999-2000), ONE (2015, featured image), Hello Everybody (2017) and 2020 (2020).

In (Dis)Intergrator a sequence from Kurt Neumann´s ‘The Fly’, made in 1958, is copied with a VHS recorder. Then the copy is copied again. This process is repeated until the video signal disintegrates into noise and finally disappears into darkness.

The starting point for ONE is a video taken with a mobile phone. The camera has not been able to capture the original view, and the resulting video contains only mystical glitch. What causes the glitch? What is the moment or subject that was originally attempted to be documented? Is there a huge planet or a tiny cell in the video? Perhaps it is something else – a human or even God? The soundscape of ONE is homage to big questions, a mash-up of 1960’s sci-fi cinema soundtracks. 

While greeting customs are highly culture and situation-specific, they exist in all known human cultures. The greetings that form the narrative in Hello Everybody are taking the familiar ritual one step further. 

Juha van Ingen: Hello Everybody (2017)

Web-Safe consists of 212 web pages which open one after an other in a endless loop. The pages don’t contain any images or text. The only content is the background colour which is defined in the source code of each page and created by the web browser as the pages are viewed. The colours are from the so called web-safe palette and are in a hexadesimal order.

Juha van Ingen (b. 1963) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. He works with different mediums, though he has mainly been working with video. The starting point for van Ingen’s works is often a situation, space or a concept, which he happens to encounter. Random elements that evolve during the working processes play an equally important role in his works. Van Ingen has participated in international exhibitions, screenings and video festivals since 1988.

Centre Pompidou, November 9 2022, Paris, France.

More information: Centre Pompidou.

AV-arkki has promoted and distributed Finnish media art since 1989. AV-arkki’s promotional efforts have made the artists’ participation in this event possible.