David Claerbout

Kortijk Belgium 1969, lives and works in Antwerp

KING (after Alfred Wertheimer’s 1956 picture of a young man named Elvis Presley)
2015-2016
single channel video projection, HD animation, black and white, no sound, dimensions variable, 10 minutes duration

2016.DC.13

For the work KING (after Alfred Wertheimer’s 1956 picture of a young man named Elvis Presley), 2015-2016, a scan of an Elvis Presley look-alike was produced in Claerbout’s Antwerp studio. This scan was then ‘covered’ with the skin of the real Elvis, taken from photographs that the artist found on the Internet. KING plays without a soundtrack and has no beginning or end. As viewers we’re looking at a kind of parallel twilight world, a bygone age between past and future, between actual and imaginary perception.