The Spectre installation by Tony Oursler consists of a table, a doll-like object, and a small video projector. The doll, animated by a disturbing sound and projection of a colour video of a woman’s face, projected onto a head made of a white pillow. The work refers to states of illusion, phantasmagoria and – in this context – the history of television. An animated, distorted human figure with a huge head – with a menacing, heavy wooden table suspended above – toys with the viewers’ emotions, tapping into their experiences and subconscious.
The projection runs on a loop, a small video projector, transmitting the image, is placed on the floor a few dozen centimetres from the pillow so that both the projector and power cables are clearly visible. Apart from the projector and a small dim light illuminating the doll’s face, there are no others light sources – the space around the work remains dark.