Tim Coe


3-channel video installation. METAFORMS series take as their subject bees, fish and the artist. In each of the 60 second loops the subject appears at first full-screen but, through the constant slow zoom out, recedes into a mass of similar subjects which begin to act as “pixels” of the starting image. Although the “camera” movement remains constant, the viewer is forced to shift between perceiving the individual details and the meta-level emerging big picture. At what point this shift takes place is determined individually. Engaging in both modes of perception seems impossible. With repeated viewing an oscillation between view points can occur. But the question is whether some level of perception is possible where the micro- and macro-levels are simultaneously present. A biologist is concerned with individual cells or organs. A sociologist studies the behaviour of populations. Both however, as people, have the inescapable perception of themselves as conscious, free individuals. Each of these interpretation levels has consistency within itself but is difficult to bring into the other spheres. METAFORMS represents the search for methods of perception without this problem – the synthesis of different, apparently conflicting ways of understanding.

Tim Coe was born 1963 in Blackpool, England. He moved to London in 1984 to study Philosophy. After studying film making and animation he co-founded the production company Chromatose Films making music videos for the London independent music scene whilst creating artistic films and videos for events and exhibitions. In 1995 he moved to Berlin where he continues to make short films, videos and video installations. Recent exhibitions: FILE-RIO 2006, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; FILE 2005, São Paulo, Brazil.