Why are there so many webcams on the net, when most of them lack any serious function such as security or traffi c monitoring? In fact, webcams just show the real life, which is not very exciting most of the time. But, as we all know, those streamed pictures are more drawn apart from life to us than any event on which, for instance, a broadcast is focused. Webcams open the most direct tunnel to a foreign reality. “Roermond-Ecke-Schönhauser” completes this idea by transforming this distant reality from virtuality to something real, touchable. Therefore, four elected webcam-streams (Denmark, crossing / Amsterdam, laundromat / Berlin, courtyard / Holland, marketplace) are projected with the help of a mirror construction on four models of the particular places. To make the projection fi t on the models, the architecture of the webcam-places was rebuilt in a 3Dapplication and printed on a 3D-plotter, matching the optics of the projector, which is different from the webcams’. That way, the picture information is displayed on distorted geometrical shapes, similar to those from which it is fi lmed. The models then become canvases, or fi lm settings, onto which the webcams’ live images are projected. The result are four “live models” of a distant space, which can be regarded threedimensionally and are touchable. With this material manifestation, the transmission is completed, in contrast to the usual webcam, where it remains virtual. The viewer adopts the webcam-stream as “real”. The effect is that those locations are brought almost magically to life, recalling the uncanny transformative effect of 19th-century magic lanterns.
Markus Kison served an apprenticeship as graphic designer at the Berufskolleg für Grafik-Design in Ulm, where first interactive screen applications and free projects were developed. After working as a cutter for a year, he studied for two semesters physics and IT at the University of Ulm. In September 2003 he moved to Berlin to begin his studies on visual communication at the University of the Arts Berlin. Since the winter 2004 he is working in the Digital Media Class of profs. Joachim Sauter, Jussi Ängeslevä and Kora Kimpel. Markus Kison received several international awards for his work “Roermond-Ecke-Schönhauser” (2005), and is currently realizing two production grants from the Frauenhofer Institute and from the Saxon Ministry of Science and Fine Arts.