HARLAN LEVEY PROJECTS Artist at the fair Emmanuel Van der Auwera * (b. 1982, Belgium) Lives and works in Brussels * participating in the exhibition SCREEN IT, see p. 52
Emmanuel Van der Auwera researches specialised image production techniques and intervenes with their protocols, constructing new paradigms for reading and understanding our relationship to images. Advertised as the world’s ‘sixth sense’, thermal imaging offers precise surveillance for a range of uses – firefighting, navigation, safety and law enforcement, pest control and medical diagnostics. Used to sell the latest technology to military contractors, the footage in VideoSculpture XX (The World’s 6th Sense) flaunts the thermographic camera’s skills at capturing detail and range, yet paints a phantasmal portrait of the Las Vegas Strip, drained of its colour and camp. Van der Auwera’s VideoSculpture emerges as both an image and image hunter, surveying from the sniper’s tower.