Invisible Story (Làthatatlan történet), 2008, is a site specific, extensive, interactive installation created especially for WRO Art Center. It uses vintage and contemporary media technologies: a system of 8mm projectors (construction by Meopta from the 1970s), screening looped film sequences is steered by a matrix of ultrasound sensors that controls also the sound and light layers of the installation. The interactive component of the exhibition was developed by Paweł Janicki. More ↓↑
Invisible Story was inspired by educational films made on 8mm tape in former GDR and by poetic texts of Hungarian philosopher Béla Hamvas to which between 1996 and 2000 Szemző had composed a number of pieces (Seven Music Sketches for Mixed Ensemble) released under the same name, The Invisible Story. These compositions create the sound layer of the installation, but this time Hamvas` texts had been translated in Polish, recorded, remixed and incorporated into the original sound structure.
The electronic switching system of the work provids an „invisible” interaction with the visual and sound layers of the work. Seven analogue 8mm film projectors placed in the in intimate locations in the gallery space, thus seven small—size film projections, seven text fragments and seven musical pieces could be activated by the visitors approaching each projector.
Invisible Story was developed and produced during Tibor Szemző’s residency at the WRO Art Center supported by the Visegard Artist Residency Program.
Place and date of documentation: WRO Art Center, Wrocław, July 2008