Bandsalat - When your tape gets tangled up or into a tangle
Bandsalat is a digital installation of an analogue disaster.
Music by Ben and Max Ringham
For the last decade Dietz has been primarily creating moving images within a live performance context. In this approach she has questioned and investigated the relationship between video, sound, the performer and the space in which the audience is, as an integral part of the live event. Since 1999 she has been an Associate Artist of Shunt, a London-based performance collective, and has worked in an ongoing collaboration with them ever since. As well as creating moving images for all their shows she has set-up and maintain the Shunt Archive. She is currently working on the video design for their new production The Architects (www.shunt.co.uk).
The video work of Susanne Dietz is event-based and the approach often collaborative. The language of her video is a medium for the communication of atmosphere, rather than following a clear story line.
She incorporates the video camera, CCTV, the projector and predominantly the monitor in order to extend the visual density of the live event. Video technology complements the live event because of its association with liveness and immediacy. The emphasis lies on the primary experience and the directness of viewing.
The idea of the outmoded and the interest in something that is disappearing feature in her video installation Bandsalat; along goes the fascination with the aesthetics of the mechanics of the object and the out-of-date analogue technology.
Bandsalat was originally shown as a video/sound/live performance installation which premiered at the Laban Centre as part of Digital Deptford in 2004.