HANNA HAASLAHTISpace of Two Categories
Space of two
Categories is an interactive installation dealing with the relationship
between adulthood and childhood and based on the interaction of
silhouettes of people and a projected video. The functionality of the
work is set into action by the presence of people and unfolds into a
multi-levelled play of shadows between the world of a man and that of
the work itself.
Childhood is like an echo of adulthood. Adults communicate patterns and role models to children who interpret them in their own way and then return them changed. Our own childhood is present in our aging, changing body as the previous shape of our adult body. Childhood is innocence. Children are always " victims " to adults ' actions. Our relationship to authorities we encounter later in life is already determined in the childhood.
The shadows of the people moving in the space form a vision into a little girl ' s world. The girl projected inside the shadows imitates their movements in her own childish way, fumbling and falling down, as if mirroring and copying the rules of an adult world. In the child ' s reality, adulthood is present as a model out of focus every child is trying to reach.