Exhibition section "Rhythm analysis" by Timo Herbst
Rhythm Analysis by Timo Herbst
The installation by Leipzig artist Timo Herbst (*1982) deals with urban space in 21st century Japan. As a loop, the screens show crowds of people and means of transport that, through their movement, have been aesthetically distorted using a computer program. The underlying video material was shot in busy places in Kyoto and Tokyo and is similar to images from surveillance cameras in public space. The title Rhythm Analysis goes back to the Marxist philosopher and sociologist Henri Lefebvre (1902–1991), a critic of the modern city and its purely functional orientation.
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The juxtaposition of the historical Japanese screen and the contemporary installation opens up the possibility of experiencing and comparing the rhythm of a place at different times in the image. Back then, each person had an individual tempo; today, cars and pedestrians on the screen Shijo Street Kyoto follow the regular changes of the flashing traffic lights, which prescribe a fixed pace for everyone.