Video Installation by Toni Mestrovic: Abyssos 6
Site-specific video installation making use of projection of underwater scenes in relation with the ‘real’ sea and its sounds. The seafront is ten meters in front of the of the gallery entrance. Sound composition is made in collaboration with German artist Hannes Hoelzl.
from artist satatement:
As a point of departure I looked at the word abyssos (bottomless), which is a synonym for dark infinities and primal chaos. It was important for me to create a work, with the intention to open up the space between conscious and unconscious perception. The original underwater footage is combined with the images and sounds that have
been manipulated through digital processing technology. Like a kind of a feedback system, â€œrealâ€ imagery (original video footage) is intertwined with artificial imagery (manipulated footage and 3D imagery).
Toni Mestrovic, born 1973 in Split, Croatia, graduated with a Graphic Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1999, where he produced graphic arts, sculpture and installation. Due to his interest in electronic audiovisual media, he studied Video/Digital Imaging at the International Summer Academy for Contemporary Art in Salzburg in 1997, and completed a two-year postgraduate diploma in Media Art at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne in 2004. Video, sound and audiovisual installations produced during Mestrovic’s postgraduate studies explore his personal perception of the sea, and the island where he grew up. Since 1992, he has taken part in group and solo shows, as well as video festivals. Lives in Kastela and teaches at the Arts Academy University of Split. ( website Toni Mestrovic: http://www.macaknara.hr )