Dream Stop

By: Louk Vreeswijk

May 07 2017


Category: Asia, India

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is the title of the ingenious installation by Gary Hill shown at the recent Kochi-Muziris Biennale. With 31 video cameras and as many projectors, equipped with special mirrors and lenses, he creates a collage of projected images on the four walls of the big room that invites us to make a halt and start dreaming.

The minuscule cameras are hidden in a metal frame in the form of a lotus which is hanging vertically in the middle of the room. The spectator that enters the room and walks around sees himself projected in the images on the walls. When we are surveyed by cameras in public places we may see the cameras, but not the images they record. Here it is the other way round.

We are confronted with ourselves straight, or horizontal, or even upside down in the images on the wall, moving in and out of them according to our trajectory inside the room. Each camera sees us against the background of some of the projected images on the wall and the image seen by that camera is in turn projected on one of the walls. All instantaneous, and overlapping like the petals of the lotus, with a – yes indeed – dreamlike result.

The form and idea of the lotus in the middle I found initially a bit incongruous. But it does make us think: the lotus, known as seat of creation, in the centre of which we can imagine ourselves meditating about our perceptions of the world.


Dream Stop is an intriguing installation and, what’s more, beautifully conceived and executed.

Photos of the week: Gary Hill, Dream Stop 2015-16, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Kerala, India 2016

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