"We are working on a series of site-specific video pieces which blends the virtual environments (displayed on television screens) with the reality of the environment in which the televisions are situated. The two major mediums we are using are televisions and real environment (space). The two criteria we have established, as stated, are the relevance of site specificity and the blending/camouflaging of the virtual with the real. The piece we are submitting is the first in a series of explorations. With each progression, we aim to add more complexity in terms of narrative, a dialogue between each of the images displayed on the screens, and a dialogue between the audience, the images on the television screens, and the space in which the two former are co-existing.
There is a 15 minute loop playing on each screen. The loop was recorded at 5:45PM and embodies the lighting, materiality, and occurrences of that specific segment of the space at exactly that time period. In the video documentation we are showing the evolution of the day in contrast to the three images displayed. Eventually at 5:45PM, the virtual images synchronizes with the space - the environment in which it is sitting in real time. Thus for a brief moment of the day, the virtual melds into the real. But the images of the television are perpetually stuck at 5:45PM of the day while the rest of the environment progresses on temporally.
The audience's interaction was very surprising. It involved them calibrating their body left and right in the space to visually align the 3 screens so that the images blended into the environment exactly to their individual perception of the piece. It created an eerie effect when there was a prominent contrast between the virtual images on the television screens and the environment at say 8PM, when everything is darker and the artificial indoor lights seem brighter. "