May 1994

Camera Silens

Book and installation by Rob Moonen & Olaf Arndt.

"Camera Silens does not fit easily within the common categories of art criticism, due to its complex and ambiguous use of media. Merely listing the material components of the project, going through the array of obscure archival material used to research the concept, or describing the spatial installation will not lead to an interpretive understanding of the project. However, it becomes immediately obvious that the environment not only possesses a formal sense of its own, but makes reference to a larger meaning beyond the bounds of its existence as an artwork. [...] The reports of those who have experienced the work reveal that, in it, a form of low-tech cyberspace exists: a cybernetic room, pre-programmed to perfection with total control, which suggests escape as the only possible reaction."