Double Vision, 1971

14 min 32 s, 1 Pouce NTSC, noir et blanc, silencieux

The overlapping images of Double Vision dominate the first part of Peter Campus's video artwork. This work was one of the first to explore the medium of video as a way of expanding and multiplying visions of the world, playing on double-ups and feedback, hence determining the position of the spectator.
In this way, Double Vision also has the freshness and primal energy of any image that emerges from a new language. Using two cameras, Campus creates a minimalist path, one that sits astride the body, maintaining an ever-present echo and an intimate environment. The body is both active in looking and passive in being looked at. It is both a container and contained, moving within its apartment, taken from every angle and from every direction.
The primitive syntax of the video's gaze involves splitting, superimposition and displacement, with a chaotic eye. Campus experiments with basic special effects during the seven fragments (Frame, Disparity, Convergence, Fovea, Impulse, Fusion, Inside the Radius), resulting in a complex image, a double vision – the two eyes of the human machine.

Stéphanie Moisdon
Translated by Jo Garden