Claudia Pilsl

St. John the Divine

St. John the Divine,173’9” x 57’5”, 2006

The artist was most interested in how a building such as St. John the Divine, which is no more a church but not yet an art space, is being perceived. Whilst observing people’s reaction to the interior of St. John, she became aware of the effect of the sheer physical enormity of the space as such. This led her to engage specially with St. John’s physical dimensions and she based the video on St. John’s previous structure of usage meaning that she retraced different paths that a possible user of the church might have taken. Sound and image are not synchronised so that the person walking can be heard but not seen. However, through listening to the sound carefully whilst watching the video the viewer, the momentary position of the person becomes apparent.

Length: 13’49”