Yves Kerckhoffs; APPARATUS, 2014
Apparatus is a body of work that consists of photographs, texts, stills and video’s in which the point of view moves in a triangle between the disembodied drone-pilot, the filming protagonist on the ground in Syria and the artist creating the work (or spectator perceiving the material). Ending up in a perhaps fictional protagonist the story keeps on resonating in a love triangle between two cameras and their subject. Apparatus depicts the disembodied gaze or experience and questions what it means to ‘be somewhere’ and the role of the camera or the image in this process.
"So when you ask me where I am, I can only answer that I’m not here. I’m there, in that other place, but not one hundred percent. You could say that I’m only present in this ‘there’ as an image, and that this ‘there’ only excists as an image for me. Like two projections of moving images playing opposite to each other. But both images contain this suspense, this terrible expectation of the moment in wich they will meet. Here and there, sky and ground, digital and physical, image and it’s real equivalent. The moment the boundary between them is destroyed passes in a flash of a second for me, but there, for them, this moment marks the beginning of something which can never be changed or undone. The camera, or the image produced by it, marks the place of battle and this battle is ended with the inevitable explosion, that mirrors it in the middle of it."