Les Uns et Les Autres (The Ones and The Others) is a three channel video-installation that explores disparities between the observer and the observed, and of those on the sidelines and those who are fully engaged in political protest and Occupy Wall Street. This is the first video installation where I worked with an actor (Sarah Stryker) and juxtaposed staged positions with real world current events.
The audience's initial view of the installation is the back of the protagonist’s head. When walking around the screen the viewer is placed in the middle of two opposing videos showing the same protagonist in different environments. The videos show the protagonist's two observing perspectives: one from inside the gallery space, the other from the sidelines of Occupy Wall Street. The videos function as mirror images of one another. In them, the protagonist looks at the audience, at herself looking at protestors, and at herself in the white space. The protagonist's direct observation of the audience dramatizes the experience of being inside the work and positions the viewer in a self-conscious, participatory role. The installation sets up a situation where viewers confront their own position in relation to the artwork and, by implication, to social relations and sites of protest in the outside world.
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