Horizon Life (the appearance of distance) installation, Oct-Nov 2011 / 2:50 minutes
Artist name: Toby Kaufmann-Buhler
1 projection/24 screens/1 soundtrack… video documentation of the “Horizon Life (the appearance of distance)” video/sound installation in the “Time (Im)material” show at Gallery 1308, Madison, Wisconsin (up from 10/14 to 11/29/11)
Toby Kaufmann-Buhler explores the relationships that exist between the video frame, sound, and the audience. He treats the frame as a unit of measure and a boundary, and also as a mode of expression, to be played within and around; sound becomes less the glue holding images together and more an embodying space that the images and audience share. He received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in 2001, followed by an M.A. in Communication Art & Design from the Royal College of Art in 2003.
My work is concerned with the video frame, the sync between the frame and sound, and landscapes (both external and internal). In this work, the frame is a unit of measure and a boundary, and I have found that it is also a mode of expression, to be played within and around. People frame landscapes in personal and impersonal ways, and the memory of a landscape can become more evocative after leaving it, aided by the recorded tracings people make. All of my work explores this memory and the relationship of the self to the landscape: at times the body is traveling, at other times fixed; at times it is before the camera lens, and at other times behind the camera. Throughout the work this relationship is examined, in order to explore the boundaries where the landscape and self meet.