a video- and sound installation
Ursula Scherrer (USA/CH) – video
Kato Hideki (USA/Japan) - music
'Slash' is like the skin; it breathes, it gives and takes, it holds back and lets pass through, it is about the border between darkness and light, between sound and silence, between what we see and what we don’t see, between what we hear and what we don’t hear.
Scherrer lets only narrow strips of her video projections be seen on the walls of the gallery, a drawing of the shadows of slashes that have been cut through black paper. Shapes and colors crawl up and down and across these cracks, sometimes barely visible and almost still, and sometimes dynamic and colorful. The projected image as a whole is hidden in the dark and of no importance.
The music is composed of recordings of acoustic bass, accordion, cymbals and room noise, using four pairs of stereo microphones. All the sound elements have been filtered, cut and spatialized for the eight-channel system, in order to create sharp contrast and tonal gradation between sound, noise and silence.
‘Slash’ is about light within darkness, sound within silence; glimpses of something real which invites the viewers and listeners to use their imagination to fill in the gaps.