Single-channel HD video installation
Video projection is done through
a tinted glass of 30 x 40 cm
Duration 10 minutes
Edition 3 ( + 1 A.P.)
FCTSSTRNGRTHNFCTN is a single-channel video installation that features an animated spinning dollar coin. Flashing like a lighthouse beacon as its lens rotates, this image is projected within an enclosed space onto a small tinted glass “window.” As light appears only intermittently, viewers may also momentarily see their own reflection or through the window to an inaccessible subterranean area, inciting a phenomenological shift in their perception in relation to the wider space beyond. The title of the work is derived from the encrypted phrase “fact is stranger than fiction,” demonstrating that although vowels are removed, the phrase remains intelligible. Departing from this idea, scientist Claude Shannon, a mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer who worked at Bell Labs, developed a method whereby transmitted information could be even further compressed into code without losing content, i.e. into “bits” (binary digits) much like a coin toss of heads or tails determines a choice between two possibilities. Shannon is commonly known as the “father of information theory’’.