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Anne Lindner and Joel Nepper
Installation 'Room 101'
'Quartier 3' – Exhibition
The project for our Room was to make it into a 'Room 101'. (Wikipedia:
Room 101 is a room introduced in the climax of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love, in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia, with the object of breaking down their resistance.
Our thoughts behind this project is a very personal one: It represents our worst Nightmare: What if our children where gone in one way or other? What would we feel? What would we do? We don't want to know, but we can imagine it. All these 'What if's' that chill down our spine.
The idea was to get as much paint as possible everywhere. Spreading from the ceiling to the ground, that the colors will mix nicely directed by gravity. The idea was, to record it on video as an action painting using the room as the canvas. The colorful setting, representing the children that lived in that particular room: see also the shoes on the ceiling. The shoes are in white to hint that they have left in one way or other. Maybe coming back as spirits.
The room is manipulated with black light, to give it a feel as if one is entering a different time and space, hence 'Room 101'.
'Room 101' technically speaking, is the torture chamber in George Orwell's novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', the book had a major influence on us back as teenagers.
The 'Room 101' is your biggest nightmare, your fear, the personal inner angst and anxiety. The reason why we chose this theme, is because it can be anything and everything. We wanted to create a space where people are drawn into it in the first place, but then once they enter, they want to leave after their whatever experience they have in that room.
The Video Projection on the wall is to emphasize the fear and loneliness, underlining it with disturbing Music. If a person enters the room, the hope is that it will not leave you being indifferent.