Fader is an installation consisting of a series of large-scale pigment prints, a computer-based generative sound work and a projected video loop. It is part of an ongoing investigation and re-versioning of 20th Century utopian aesthetics as manifest in specific architectural and social spaces. At the core of the installation is a series of photographs of the monumental sculptural reliefs that adorn the buildings of Warsaw's Plac Konstytucji. The sculptures, each of an idealised worker figure stand as mute witnesses to the passing of time and ideology. This imagery is counter-pointed by a video loop that shows a series of contemporaneous vinyl records played in succession, endlessly spiralling and repeating. The third element of the installation is a low-level sound work that uses samples sourced from both the featured vinyl records and field recordings made in Warsaw. A wash of sound envelopes the space with ghosted voices and instrumental snatches rising and falling in the computer generated mix.
Fader is conceived of as a dialogue with history. A History of forms and affects. A fractured dialogue between the short-lived aesthetic dictums of Socialist Realism and the formalist approaches that preceeded and followed in its wake. Far from the gleaming surfaces of historically sanctioned “Modernity”, a confused and compromised model is brought into play. A haunted model of the 20th Century is evoked, stalked not only by the past but also by its uncertain future.