Antimatter³ In the Negative Zone

Angela Bulloch

27 January 2003


Instalation. 32 DMX modules (birch wood, plexiglas light tubes and electronic system – each 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm), metal platform in two parts (each 203 x 80 cm; variable heights), Genelec sound system (4 powered speakers, 1 subwoofer, 6 channel mixing desk), 203.2 x 406.4 x 50.8 cm

Angela Bulloch materializes pixels in order to create sculptural compositions that are often inspired by sequences drawn from seminal feature films. The base element is a cube-like wooden box with a translucent face, which houses a set of three colour tubes and a processor, in order to generate colours with the same code that produces images on our screens, otherwise known as RGB (Red, Green, Blue). Pixelization—a process by which the lower definition of a computer-generated image distorts the original—is at the core of her “pixel paintings”.

In this instance, the large-scale screen-sculpture is composed of 32 pixels that render a sequence of Ang Lee’s film The Ice Storm (1997), a dark and psychologically-probing portrait of a family in the 1970s. However this information is ensconced in what appears like a light composition, with a new soundtrack: it is undecipherable as such, and takes on a whole new meaning.

Courtesy: Collection, Paris; Esther Schipper, Berlin