Art in the Elevator: Till Nowak. Sightings
Till Nowak (Bonn, DE, 1980–Los Angeles, CA, US) works on the interfaces between digital art and film or animated film. His art investigates the ways in which truth can be manipulated through visions of possible urban spaces and landscapes as well as science fictions, challenging the viewer’s perceptive capacity to distinguish illusion from reality. Composed of four clips, his video Sightings takes us to four different places in the U.S. where observers have allegedly sighted extraterrestrial phenomena. Unusual light reflexes and mirages appear; the brevity of the individual sequences makes it impossible to examine them in depth. We inevitably find ourselves wondering whether we actually saw what we just saw: can we trust our own eyes? The deliberate dilettantism of the handheld-camera shots is a deftly used stylistic device, heightening the impression that we are watching documentary footage showing real-world events.
About Art in the Elevator
With kind support from the Salzburg AG, the monitors of the MönchsbergAufzug are used as an extended exhibition space. Video and film works by both internationally renowned and emerging artists are presented for three months at a time. Thematically, the program is informed by current exhibitions, while at the same time offering a glimpse into the museum’s own media collection.