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Rebuilding Zerseher

In the year I was born, Joachim Sauter made one of the most iconic works of interactive art of the early ‘90s: Der Zerseher, also known as De-Viewer, invited the visitors to distort the image of a painting using the sight as an interface. Almost 30 years later, how popular or accessible would this technology have become among the artists of the New Media? Starting from the only video record that exists of the original, I set out to try to replicate it. Rebuilding Zerseher is the result of my failed attempt to do so. In a scenario reminiscent of an old art gallery, a single-channel video projected on torn wallpaper displayed the state of the recreation and put in tension the preservation of electronic arts and the importance of documentation.

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