LCD screen, HD video, tripod and Plexiglass
117 cm (46,06 inch), edition of 5
Copyright Emmanuel van der Auwera. Courtesy Harlan Levey Projects.
In White Noise, Emmanuel Van der Auwera positions a polarising filter on a tripod, in front of an outwardly appearing static white screen, which has been stripped of its polarising surface film. The visitor in the space is only able to view the film by positioning herself in front of the filter, thereby transforming the act of looking from passive spectatorship to active observation. The film itself is drawn from the military footage leaked by Chelsea Manning, an information leak famously described by one commentator, Denver Nicks, as the “beginning of the information age exploding upon itself”. In Van der Auwera’s work, our habitual mode of information consumption is destabilized. White Noise meditates on the speed in which opinions are manufactured in the internet age, asking us to consider viewing as “an active task that comes with the same kind of civic responsibility as driving a car.”