Zero relative

by Jan Hanitsch © 2011 


In its metaphorical significance, the count zero is without a doubt the most precise of its kind. Intuitively, it is associated with the absolute, the absence, the negation. In the coordinate system of mathematics, it has a clearly defined position as the origin and reference point for all possible values. However, a detailed study of its metaphoric function shows the need for an extension of the definition. Respecting terms that represent a process, symbolic relevance of the count zero shows that the cooperation of these two components includes, beside the negation of the process, the digestion about a second truth. In their practical use, these kind of terms, such as progress or development, always own a base as a starting point. There is a direct dependence to this point, that only allows a relative value to the base for describing the process. The denial of a deviation from the initial situation speaks logical continuity of the actual status.  

Behind the superficial fact of negation is therefore a secondary truth. Relativ null is dedicated to this second phenomenon. Visualized by consolidated operations, the impact of these negated processes on their environment is shown. Despite the attempt of the influencing control by the subject and their existence in the same plane, the processes remain in their continuity. Standing outside of the processes is excluded from perception by the process implied. The conflict of inability to interact is in addition to the pictorial themes, also held on stylistic level by the used media of the video projection and the performing subject. Every medium constitutes an opposed position. Allthough results have a common visual appearance together, the limit for two-way communication is not exceeded. The symbolic power of the moving frames, which contain in addition to their ordinary application of spatial differentiation, elementary image components, presenting also in a metaphorical point of view the limiting factor. This leaves space for some indivudal associations to the spectator.