Unlike most video installations, the aim of Lively is to present the flow of time within the spatial environment.
The artist selected ordinary scenes from daily life, and asked the protagonists to stand still in front of the camera for 10 minutes. After inputting the video footage into the computer, the computer screen was placed on a scanner, so that when the footage was playing, it was also being scanned. The static images produced by the scanner were then put together to create a piece of animation.
The ripple effect that can be seen in the video is the marks left by the movement of various objects during the filming; as the human protagonists were asked to remain stationary, their physical form is presented clearly and without distortion. Viewers can focus on minute details such as the fluttering of curtains or the play of light on a dressing table. The filming of this piece required the artist to spend an extended period of time looking at (and being looked at by) family members. This mechanical, fixed gazing created an unusual sense of closeness. It was as though they had their existence only in the 10 minutes of filming.
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