History of a Split between Islands and Dams, Circles and Lines

The Danube Dam: a Topography of Split Identity between the engineered and the spontaneous, the artificial and the natural, the present and the past, Socialism and Capitalism, West and East, Slovakia and Hungary

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Spatial construction, 2017

The installation makes connections between imaging technologies from two different eras. One part of the installation is a viewing room that reproduces an actual historical object made for the British navy during WWII. The viewing room was an environment used to test camouflage projects that used spatial forms to confuse pilots and hide potential bombing targets. The room included a sun-arm that simulated sunlight crossing the landscape on the scale model of the tested landscape. In the installation, the model is a cross section of landscape from the canal that is part of the Bős (Gabčikovo) power plant. A staircase in the viewing room enables visitors to approach the model from an elevated perspective. The elevated perspective of surveillance over the model also simulates the structure of the dam. The dam not only redirects water flow but is also a spatial barrier that can be climbed to provide a different view of the landscape.

Another part of the installation is a 3D map made using digital scanning technologies. The map is projected on a large canvas behind the model in the viewing room. Scanning uses the relative location of points in a digital picture to define the spatial situation of an object; it builds on small differences between the locations of points in the pictures it captures to create a single three-dimensional image of a place. The aim of making camouflage was to eliminate spatial difference; in scanning, these same very points of difference provide direction and proportion in the creation of a digital model. What remains hidden in both the instance of camouflage and that of scanning is the landscape itself which can never be fully captured.


The 3D model above was generated by a landscape mapping sysem (geographic information system).

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This studio image is showing the 'viewing room' environment with the plaster model and a projection canvas. 2017
The plaster model was built after the cross-section plan of the dam. 2017
Installation view at the At Home Gallery in Samorin Slovak Republic. 2017