Solaris @ Kunstraum Kreuzlingen

Kunstraum Kreuzlingen
May 29 – July 3 2011
Opening: May 28 Mai 2011 17:00
Video installation, in parallel with an exhibition by Matthias Bosshart – Kreuzlingen, CH

Solaris @ Vidéoformes

Vidéoformes 2011 International Festival
March 16 – 30 2011
The single screen version of Low-Rez Stories/Solaris is part of the competition “Prix de la Création Vidéo 2011”. Daily screenings on the central place of Clermont-Ferrand from 7.30 pm to 7.00 am. – Clermont-Ferrand, France

Solaris @ Shift Festival

Shift Festival, Basel
October 28-31 2010
Screening in the frame of Shift electronic arts festival
Talk with Manuel Schmalstieg on Saturday 30th October, 13:30 PM. – Basel, CH

Low-Rez @ Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes
Jeudi 7 octobre 2010 à 18h30
Conférence dans le cadre du cycle Histoire(s) de l’art numérique
10 Rue Georges Clemenceau, 44000 Nantes

Le cycle “Histoire(s) de l’art numérique” est proposé par PiNG. Avec le soutien de Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture.

Low-Rez Stories/Solaris (1972-2010)

This page offers basic information about the project Low-Rez Stories/Solaris (1972-2010)


Still from Tarkovski's 1972 motion picture.

Low-Rez Stories/Solaris (1972-2010) is a video installation that confronts a scene from Andrei Tarkovski’s 1972 Science-Fiction film Solaris (a long non-narrative sequence filmed on the urban highways of Tokyo) with a “remake” of the same highway track within Google Streetview.

Between 2008-2009, a vehicle manned by the staff of the Californian multinational has recorded the same highway tracks with automated panoramic cameras. The Google Streetview service, that has raised controversy and has been banned in several European countries, makes this imagery accessible through the GoogleMaps and GoogleEarth services.

Part of the dual-screen installation, still.

By this juxtaposition, the project aims to reflect on the powerful representations of “the future” that have been generated, both by a visionary film maker and by a global corporation with undisclosed motivations, based on a simple naturalistic recording of Japan’s post-war urban architecture.

A layer of “subtitles” is complementing the images, mixing fragmentary micro-narratives and elements of critical discourse. Those subtitles are a one-to-one transcription of the text comments that Internet users have posted on the Youtube platform, where the original Solaris sequence has been uploaded by a user in 2007. The tone of the comments balances between factual, humoristic, emotional, and even poetic notes.

Documents for download

Project Description (PDF, 922 Kb)
Technical rider (PDF, 483 Kb)
High-Resolution Imagery (ZIP, images in PSD format, 19Mb)

Video files for Preview

1) Single-screen version, 4:15 min, in 720p (also available in 1080p):

2) Single-screen version, full resolution (1920×1080), 5 second fragment (H264 MOV file, 28 MB):

Project history

Date: 2009, December 11th
Location: Dock18, Rote Fabrik, Zurich
First presentation of Low-Rez Stories as a 3-channel video installation.

Date: 2010, April
Location: ArtByGeneva Art Fair, Addictlab booth
Presentation of industrially produced prints on canvas, derived from webcam imagery from the Low-Rez Stories video archives.

Date: 2010, July 5th
Location: Neuchâtel Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF)
First presentation of Low-Rez Stories/Solaris (1972-2010) as a dual-screen installation, in the frame of a video programme curated by the Centre d’art de Neuchâtel (CAN).

Date: 2010, July 16th
Location: Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva
First presentation of the single-screen version of Low-Rez Stories/Solaris (1972-2010), in the frame of a video programme.

Date: 2010, October 28-31
Location: Shift Festival, Basel
The single-screen version is presented in the frame of Shift electronic arts festival – see photo documentation.

Date: 2011, May 29 – July 3
Location: Kunstraum Kreuzlingen
Multi-screen installation version – see video documentation.

Low-Rez @ Analix Forever

Analix Forever, Geneva
July 16 2010
Screening in the frame of Nuit des 1001 Vidéos – Rue de l’Arquebuse 25, Geneva

Low Rez @ NIFF

Neuchâtel (Actual Fears/NIFF)
July 4-11 2010
In collaboration with CAN

Low Rez @ lokal-int, Biel/Bienne
May 20-27 2010 – Aarbergstrasse 84, 2502 Biel

Featured in Amusement #7

Low-Rez Stories is featured in Amusement
a lifestyle magazine on digital entertainement
February 2010

Solaris [1972 – 2010] (in progress)

In production: a remake of the famous highway sequence in Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972), using imagery from the ubiquitous Google services.

Thanks to Kanta Horio, Alex Einz and Motus Fort Gallery for their help in identifying the locations.