Self Portrait

Martin Spellerberg

1999, 02:00 minutes, Colour, English


This self-portrait is an electronic mask, a barrier, revealing so much in claiming to reveal nothing. The artist’s delivery, chopped up, edited and rescanned off a webcam to resemble that of a machine, is punctuated by quick pauses. It’s then, in the split seconds when his guard is down, that we see the person inside.

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