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Mark Aerial Waller
Waller defies conventional screening formats, integrating sculptural objects and live performances for an experience of cinema defined in spatial and situational terms.

One which can induce retinal and tranced pleasure to seduce the dozing hypnotised zombie or encourage a critically-active public. When Reversion of the Beast Folk was shown at London's T1+2 Artspace in 2004, the screen was anticipated by an artificial cave made of foam which occupied the exhibition space, whilst red neon lights synched in with the end of the video to flood the space as well as the spectator's vision.

The psychic effect deriving from this arrangement was developed a step further for a screening of the same work at the Ciné Lumière at London's Institut-Fran├žais. This time Waller placed large stadium lights out of a large window located on the side of the seating auditorium, onto which he projected a blinding shaft of intense pink light that dazzled the audience. Whether external or internal, whether showing up before, during and even at the end of the works, Waller's interruptions question why auditoriums, as places for social conviviality midway between the real and cinematic world, haven't previously exploited their power to gather people together, acquiring the same role as projection screens. Waller's interruptions interrogate how the viewers state of disembodiment in the dark leads to a suspension of their own self-consciousness, an inquiry initiated by artists and avant-garde architects alike in the 1920s.

This concern with spectatorial agency is central in Waller's overall practice, as it considers the psychological ramifications of the act of watching a film, sharpening the focus onto the institutionally-framed and social rituals established inside a physical environment. When the viewers come to watch his videos or take part in his salons, they unconsciously become the material of the works, having to respond to them through a range of emotions that go from amusement (The Wayward Canon) and hesitation (Reversion of the Beast Folk) to outright alarm (La Société des Amis de Judex II).

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