Featured: Silent Dialogue
In her project Silent Dialogue, Diana Pankova turns her gaze onto the machinery of the event venue, the Aalborg University Create campus building. Usually buzzing with student life, the building suddenly became silent during the lockdown, revealing the usually hidden level of its existence to the attentive observer. Pankova establishes a dialogue with the giant machine of the university campus, looking through the eyes of ‘simple machines’: pinhole cameras. Based on the ancient principle of the camera obscura, a pinhole camera obtains images by letting light through a tiny hole without the use of lenses. Silent Dialogue explores questions of simplicity and complexity, the role of intuition and control, the division between art and science, the criteria of beauty, and the technological mediation of human life. Playing with scale, space and time, Diana’s cameras capture a variety of alternative views on the same place. The resulting images become a silent answer from the side of the building to the artist. By bringing these images back to the space they reflect, Pankova hopes to bring perceptual insights to other observers, extending her interaction with the architecture into a spiral.