Glass Blocks #2


Glasbausteine / Gang, Treppenhaus
Glass Blocks / Corridor, Staircase
Frankfurt am Main. 2020/2021
4K video / montage / H.264
1920 x 1080 px. 50fps
Editing for 43 / 46 inch monitors
Sizes: 96 x 55 / 60 x 102 cm
Run 1 - 16: 3 h 6min. Without sound
Run 1 + 7: 40 min. without sound
Installation view + Stills from run 1


Recording of a glass block wall in the laboratory building of the former Botanical Institute of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main: The video from inside the building shows a progression of form in changing stages.
The progression is created on the one hand by the square structure of the glass blocks, which depict the space behind the glass as a plastic fragmentation. On the other hand, a variation is created by the gradual change of the visual axis to the staircase behind the bricks, by the gradual advancement of the camera across the width of the entire glass brick wall.
A total of 16 sequences were recorded, each with 3 times 5 glass blocks. The camera is always shifted on a horizontal axis by the width of a glass block, eight times to the left and back again to the right. The image of the staircase appears slightly offset in each shot as a new shape in the glass surface. In each view, the light changes and/or movement takes place. The resulting 48 possibilities are shown throughout the video in four sequences, as a double way there and back, in a systematic order.
The work is conceived as a video-image. In still images, the representation of the space in the complex glass structure is performed over a longer period of time on an equal footing with the light changes and the sequences with movements. The image size corresponds to the size of the glass blocks, adapted to a presentation on a 43- or 46-inch monitor. The mounting rails of the monitor refer with their length to the dimension of the recorded wall.