combination of a projector and two discs with holes that rotate against
each other creates a perfect imitation of television “snow”.
The grating sound of two plates with sandpaper, which also rotate against
each other, is precisely the sound to replace that irritating, high-pitched
tone that indicates that the day’s broadcasting is over. This recent
work involves a minimum of technology. In fact, you also expect a pendulum
that will set the machine going so as to turn on the light source with
the help of a generator. Through the simplicity and modesty of its concept
and its transparant techology, this work appeals to the mysterious beauty
of the primal machines in the Wonder Chamber of memory. It is almost touching
to witness the sheer attention, effort and perfection that goes into designing
and builing a machine that merely imitates the sound and vision of television
silence. This is Jaap de Jonge’s ultimate video installation that
makes all the others redundant. The unity of concept and realization is
partly due to the fact that de Jonge designs, builds, welds and assembles
all his machines himself right down to the tiniest detail.