Rear Window is a contemporary re-imagining of the 1954 Hitchcock film of the same name, which centres on the symbolic relationship of audience and screen that the protagonist has with the neighbouring apartment block. It seeks to explore the cinematic cliché in which outrageous acts – often violent or sexual – occur in the buildings across the street.
The installation takes the form of a telescope, placed in a location with a suitable view. To the user it appears to be an ordinary telescope. However, the image seen through the eyepiece does not wholly coincide with what is seen by the naked eye. Utilizing augmented reality techniques, portions of the image are replaced. The windows of neighbouring buildings become silver screens presenting clips of classic Hollywood footage which utilize the Rear Window cliché.