Matthias Gommel


Two pilot headsets hang down from the ceiling. Through the built-in microphones the spoken words are being recorded and played back through the earphones. Both headsets are connected, every user can hear himself and the other person. But between the microphones? recording and the earphones? playback exists a time delay of three seconds. The user can hear himself and his vis-à-vis only delayed. The perception of ones action gets seperated from the action itself. All our perception of the world is delayed. This delay gets expanded to a perceiveable degree.

Matthias Gommel born 1970 in Stuttgart/Germany, Studies of Scenography and Media Arts at the State School of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe. He works with diverse media and authored several sound-, video- and computer-based installations. As founding member of the artist group robotlab Matthias Gommel has been focusing since five years on robots as performing characters. He researches concepts of man-machine communication and the impact of digital prozesses on the physical space. Since 2000 he has been showing his works on numerous international festivals and exhibitions. Currently he is artist-in-residence at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe/Germany.