Karl Nussbaum recently presented his new video installation, Days on End in the VCCA Studio Barn. A visual accounting of a five-year period, the installation is a dreamlike and lyrical montage of images drawn from nature and Karl’s personal family history.
I don’t know whether it was the glowing orb in the black void and the “music of the spheres” soundtrack, but I had the sensation of being in outer space. This was reinforced by what looked like a sprinkling of stars on the orb, which turned out to be a by-product of Karl’s aging projector. "It's an old projector—the pixels are dying out," he explains. But I wonder if there is something to this extraterrestrial association. They say that if you could travel faster than the speed of light you could go into deep space and see images of the past as they were happening—in a sense, catch up with time. This seems to perfectly embody the yearning to reach out and connect with the past—with one’s lost family—that radiates forth from Days on End.