VIDEO SPECIAL PROGRAM # 4 NICOLAS GROSPIERRE
TATTARRATTAT (2010) This project show Grospierre’s persistent interest in the tension between perception and truth in architecture, as well as architecture’s capacity to stand as an artifact of ideology.
Tracing a path of reflections through a series of convex mirrors, the two-channel projection TATTARRATTAT guides viewers on two simultaneous tours of a 14th century Venetian palazzo’s winding interior. While each tour appears to be different, they progress along the same path but in different directions. Both begin and end in the courtyard, and what at first appears to be a video shot in real time begins to reveal itself as an animation composed of over 500 individual photographs. TATTARRATTAT was originally commissioned by the Signum Foundation, and curated by Grzegorz Musial, the Foundation’s director, as one of the first in a series of site specific projects intended to engage the unique history of the Palazzo Donà, Signum’s headquarters in Venice. The project’s title, TATTARRATTAT, comes from the longest palindrome in the dictionary, a term for a knock on a door coined by James Joyce in Ulysses (1922).