"Troupe de Fetishe", is an experimental video that explores the fetishistic desire to understand reality thru mediated imagery. With its impressive visuals and dark yet quirky narrative, "Troupe de Fetishe" addresses the role digital technology plays in the fabrication and control of constructed realities.
"Troupe de Fetishe" tells the story of Oskar Vanderwold, an eccentric "tinkerer" who manipulates and cares for a troupe of flea circus performers. His ornate flea circus is a hand constructed miniature model that fits inside an antique cigar box. It is a macabre world of surreal spectacle, adorned with a series of miniature circus attractions complete with chariots, a trapeze swing, a high dive, and ring of fire.
Throughout the piece, detailed images of the circus reveal information about Vanderwold. The closer our view becomes, the more details we gather about his character but also the more difficult it becomes to believe the authenticity of the spectacle he has created.
“Troupe de Fetishe” was custom designed for the state of the art
video system in the ICE BOX Project Space. The Crane Arts video system gives artists the power to utilize a
100 foot canvas to project upon. Four synchronized video projectors
work together to create one seamless, 100 ft. wide by 25 ft. tall or
3646×768 pixel, composition. On this canvas the artist can combine
multiple video files, live video feeds, static images, and sound layers
in an almost unlimited number of ways.
In April, 2011, "Troupe de Fetishe" was featured as part of the PIFVA screening at Cinefest. http://www.phillycinefest.org/ The event was hosted at the Painted Bride Arts Center. For this presentation, a standard 4:3 single channel projection version of the project was created.
Small Scale Video Sculpture
The small scale installation recreates Vanderwold's work bench, with his tools, cigar boxes and circus are displayed. Inside one of the wooden cigar boxes, a tiny monitor plays the video. With a set of magnifying lenses, the viewer is allowed to inspect the image.
Please contact us if you are interested in exhibiting Troupe de Fetishe in your venue.