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Szabolcs KissPál Horizon Video installation, 2003 Thanks to: the pigeon
the Baráth Family from Szentendre
István Dabi, Ferenc Görög, Klára Kiss-Pál, Balázs Král, Márta Rácz

As we know, pigeons sometimes carry messages, and the message is good if it reaches its target. But it happened once that the pigeon was never to return again. And precisely this lack was the message itself.

The effective range of radio-transmitter micro-cameras is approximately five hundred metres. If we attach such a camera to a carrier pigeon and release it on its way, as it departs, it carries the centre-point of a five-hundred metre orb with it, until finally we - the very ones thirsting for the message - are stuck outside this orb, thus exiled into noise on this side of the image. If we have a camera on the ground, its range is bounded by another sphere, whose centre is traced by the perceptive surface of our apparatus. If we follow with our camera our pigeon in flight, exactly at the moment when the surface of the sphere moved by it overtakes us, then the image of our retreating bird shrinks on the perceptive surface of our apparatus to smaller than a pixel, and it disappears on the far side of the image. In this moment, the two spheres intersect each other, so that their surfaces advance across each other's centre-points, and in the cross-section of the two orbs - which, as we know, is lenticular - the image arises, the auratic present moment of the lack of the message. /Maria Marcos/
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