Jules Spinatsch. Panorama: World Economic Forum, Davos 2003. Camera A, Congress-Center North and Middle Entry, 2176 Still Shots, 24.01.03, 06h35-09h30, Hotspots: World Economic Forum, Davos. Hotspot A4.1, promenade; Hotspot A1.1, north and middle entry; Hotspot A2/3/5/6.1, parking, congress hotel, carlton, congress center. 2003

Jules Spinatsch Panorama: World Economic Forum, Davos 2003. Camera A, Congress-Center North and Middle Entry, 2176 Still Shots, 24.01.03, 06h35-09h30, Hotspots: World Economic Forum, Davos. Hotspot A4.1, promenade; Hotspot A1.1, north and middle entry; Hotspot A2/3/5/6.1, parking, congress hotel, carlton, congress center 2003

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This installation documents the preparations for the January 2003 World Economic Forum, in which the entire valley of Davos, Switzerland, was temporarily transformed into a high-security zone. In the period leading up to the forum, Spinatsch installed three remote-controlled cameras outside different buildings. One was programmed to record up to 2,500 images over three hours, from 6:35 to 9:30 A.M., while slowly rotating vertically and horizontally. Spinatsch assembled the shots in a high-resolution panorama that shows random moments captured frame by frame as well as the transition from dawn to early morning. Instead of a photojournalistic account of the event, the artist presents the leadup to the forum, revealed as meticulously planned and tightly controlled.

Gallery label from The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, April 16, 2012–April 29, 2013.
Medium
Inkjet print and 3 DVDs
Duration
7' 2 5/8" × 18' 4 1/2" (220 × 560 cm) 3 DVDs each 7 min. 28 sec.
Credit
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
Object number
432.2006.1-2
Copyright
© 2022 Jules Spinatsch
Department
Photography

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