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Image of Absalon to Be Projected Until it Vanishes Back  < >  Next
             
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2001            
Continuous color 35mm slide projection, framed text, dimensions variable
             
Absalon, the Danish warrior-bishop and quasi-mythic founder of the city of Copen-
hagen, used the wealth he plundered during the crusades to build himself a castle and commission the first written history of the Danish people. A single 35mm slide depicting an equestrian  portrait sculpture of Absalon is projected in the exhibition space. The heat from the projector lamp slowly "burns" the slide‚Äôs photo-emulsion, causing a protracted, almost cinematic, dissolve or "fade-to-white." A framed text adjacent to the projection draws parallels between Absalon's battles and the much later civic battles in Copenhagen to memorialize him in the form of public sculpture.
             
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