Jimmy was here

Jimmy was here

Jimmy was here

2006
wood, acrylic paint, colored spotlight, color filters on windows, projector, DVD projection
variable dimensions

Jimmy was here

An empty stage with colourful lights awaits its next performer. A
signature on the wall recalls a random person, a fleeing moment, an
autograph of anonymity. Names become interchangeable masks; fashioned
and fitted by the forgetful hands of time.

An abandoned Napoleonic fort has its windows covered in colourful, transparent filters. An elevated platform appears as an empty stage, except for a video projector resting in its centre, within the glare of a green spotlight. The projector plays a series of images upon an adjacent brick wall, showing random persons with the name of Jimmy found through a Google search engine.
The "Jimmy's" in the video vary greatly, echoing a scrawled black graffiti, which reads: "Jimmy was here". The person, who wrote this proclamation upon the wall, has become an abstract infusion of many players, cast by the all-encompassing references of the collective conscious. The individual that was, is no more than his imprint in a colourful vacuum of information without substance.