Rabih Mroue’s piece for dOCUMENTA(13) was really engaging and provocative. His flip books and video grabs produced as photographs searching for an exact depiction of the moment of death reminded me of Tim Macmillan’s piece ‘Dead Horse’ exhibited at the then Citibank prize in 1999 where the “Bullet time” camera technique (popularised in ‘the Matrix’) endevours to show the moment of death.
Mroue’s install was really informed by the inclusion of the video lecture where the artist eloquently explores the relationship between the fiction, in popular consciousness that if viewing an image through a devise the camera person is immune to events unfolding in front of them. I also really liked the touch of having flip books placed on ink blots so that when flicking through the images the viewer may accidentally leave an indelible trace on the table.
Here is a link to an interview with the artist.