VIEWMASTER
Instalation-performance / 2007-2009

Viewmaster uses an optical trick originating in nineteenth-century theatre, the so-called Pepper's Ghost illusion. The spectator looks at the stage through an invisible angled wall of glass. What he doesn’t see is that there is another space to the left of the stage. When objects or figures are illuminated in this hidden space, they are reflected onto the glass wall so that they appear as ghostly apparitions on stage. 

Viewmaster is a theater box with a double interchangeable stage. By altering the light situation either one or the other stage or a superposition of both becomes visible. It uses non-digital techniques to produce a cinematic sequence of spaces rather then images. The glass wall acts as a window, mirror and projection screen. Using sound, lighting and image, the traditional set-up of theater and cinema is duplicated and questioned. 

Viewmaster shows you a ‘real’ special effect. You know it is a trick. You can even see how the trick works and still your enchanted by its magic.


Concept-realisation: Heike Langsdorf, Ula Sickle, Laurent Liefooghe / Performance: Heike Langsdorf, Ula Sickle / Architecture: Laurent Liefooghe / Light: Hans Meijer / Sound: Pete Connelly / Set assistance: Shizuka Hariu Thanks to: Nadine, WP-Zimmer, Alexander Baervoets, v-plus, Domenico Giustino, Christoph Ragg, Monty Co-production: Rebecca September vzw, KunstWerk, Netwerk / Center for Contemporary Art, Workspace Brussels /  Support: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Nadine, WP-Zimmer / Production: Caravan for Rebecca September