(Maastricht / Avenue Céramique 300)
Monica Studer (1960 / Switzerland) and Christoph van den Berg (1962 / Switzerland) have been working together since 1991, cooperating on a steadily growing collection of new media and internet projects. An example of this is the virtual Hotel Vue des Alpes – a hotel where website visitors can book a 5-day package deal in a beautifully situated spa, as a tourist on holiday, in a fictional but deceptively realistic world, in order to drink in the beauty of the (digital) surroundings. A phrase from the brochure: ‘As the guests will arrive by internet, there are no plans for garages or parking places.’
The video Wasserfall is a fake waterfall that has been created as realistically as possible. The video, constructed entirely from pixels, depicts our perception of the idyllic.
Wasserfall is shown in the closed off internal yard of the Vodafone office, near the Maas river. This courtyard contains a small fountain and a pond. The reality of this small stream intertwines with the virtual romance of Wasserfall.
The QR code for Wasserfall allows those visitors with a Smartphone to leave Hotel Vue des Alpes with just one click.