Video overview of "Let us imagine a straight line." (Interactive installation commissioned by The Cogut Center for the Humanties, Brown University, fall 2009). Featuring dancer Ami Shulman.
"Let us imagine a straight line" is an interactive installation about movement, the first installment in my ongoing project for dancer, video, music, and live electronics called Studies in Movement. "Let us imagine a straight line" reimagines the architecture of space by employing immersive interactive video and sound, in conjunction with the architecture of the space itself, to guide participants on an exploration of their own bodies and senses.
Images of dancer Ami Shulman in motion are altered, or "read", through the viewers' own gestures and biometric readings. The space of the installation as a whole is enlivened by words and ideas that are themselves in motion—spoken aloud, whispered, scrolling by on screens, or tapped out on an old telegraph. The muted and almost ghostly dialogue they create combines with the sounds of bells, breaths, and beating hearts. By speaking to the moving pictures, the sounds suggest the murky polyphony of history itself, where ideas and concepts are both forgotten and preserved.
See the following link for more documentation of "Let us imagine a straight line."