Like Pearls by Morehshin Allahyari is an animated and interactive mash-up of the Farsi spam Allahyari receives in her mailbox.
The feedback we get from a video, or any cinematic artifact is continuous, as every frame reaching our retina alters the state of our brain and our interpretation of the source material. In Simulacra by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, there is a suspended apparatus made using four attached screens forming a cube without the upper and lower side. But the working screens seem to transmit only a plain white colour until we decide to use the attached magnifying glasses to look closer. Different content is then made available to us. The author defines it as an “organic, analogue mental cinema”, and in fact our default reaction is to think that the process is happening in our brains rather than in the lenses. An intimate relationship is then established that puts the spectator in a privileged position, recognised by the artist as the one chosen to access her ghostly secrets.
Simulacra by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, the elusive ghostly video