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MATRIX AM ZÜRICHSEE(THE MATRIX AT LAKE ZURICH )
  • Myriam Thyes

  • MATRIX AM ZÜRICHSEE

    (THE MATRIX AT LAKE ZURICH ), 2005
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  • Kunst im öffentlichen Raum
  • 80.00 x 120.00 cm
  • 2005, 8 digital prints on semi-transparent synthetic fabric. dimensions: c. 80 to 110 x 120 to 180 cm
  • 2005
  • Artbox Thalwil, Thalwiler Hofkunst, Thalwil (Zürich), Feb. - März 2005.
  • 2005, 8 digital prints on semi-transparent synthetic fabric, dimensions c. 80 to 110 x 120 to 180 cm.

    Installation in public space in Switzerland, near Zurich, February till March 2005.

    Thalwil railway station, platform 6: Neo / platform 4: Trinity.
    Küsnacht, railway station underpass: The Oracle and Morpheus.

    Montages of video stills from the film, The Matrix (1999) are mounted as
    six digital prints in the two "Art Boxes" (these resemble telephone
    boxes) at the Thalwil commuter railway station. They are lit internally.
    Concurrently, in two illuminated showcases in the underpass at the
    Küsnacht commuter railway station, two images, again from The Matrix,
    are on view.

    Flying, falling, clambering and making telephone-calls in the exhibition
    cabins at the Thalwil railway station are Neo and Trinity, the young
    bearers of hope from The Matrix, he the liberator, she the combatant.
    The heroes and heroines of the film, The Matrix, are on the telephone
    whenever they are located in the virtual world and looking for contact
    to the real (underground) world and its control centre. Also, the
    heroes/heroines are mostly in the act of fleeing, on a hunt or in
    combat. Both can be read as metaphors for our society of mediated
    communication, for the quest for orientation and for the pressure of
    time. Neo and Trinity's facial traits in the selected film stills betray
    their nightmares and longings, just as the entire Matrix film can be
    interpreted altogether as a dream in developmental psychology terms.

    On the opposite bank of the Lake, in the Küsnacht railway station
    underpass (one stop on the regular ship), Morpheus and The Oracle, the
    prophetic parent-figures in The Matrix, direct one to Neo and Trinity in
    the Art Boxes of Thalwil.

    Quotations from the work of Carl Gustav Jung, the Analytical
    Psychologist from the Lake Zurich (he lived and worked at Küsnacht for
    many years) augment the movie images and strike a link to topics such as
    the conscious and unconscious, world and soul, realities and fantasies.