Matthew Schreiber – Undertow, 2019
‘Undertow, 2019’ is part of an ongoing series of manipulated video work by Matthew Schreiber. The piece, which was developed especially for De Electriciteitsfabriek, consists of a corridor made of LED panels and sound where subjects walk into an extreme compressed space and experience strobing video and light.
The video consists of manipulated footage of dolphins swimming at EPCOT Theme Park (Part of Disney World), that Schreiber worked on this summer with his son Willem Schreiber. The imagery is completely abstracted by the video strobing, the participant’s proximity to the LED panels and the very low resolution of the video footage. The sound, heard with headphones, is a binaural sine-wave sweep synchronized with the video strobe.
‘Undertow, 2019’ is combining the physical state forced by the corridor, the entrainment-forced meditation programming, and the subliminal dolphin imagery, to over-stimulate the participant’s senses.
Matthew Schreiber´s use of contemporary technology engages a conversation with ideas of the esoteric, superstition and the occult. His practice pits the active image of the past against todayʼs screen-based image culture of slick and banal immediacy.
This work has been developed especially for TodaysArt 2019. Image by Matthew Schreiber (Pipeline (Tokyo Blue), 2006)