“Cli•mac•ter•ic” is an interactive video installation created by artists Jamie Burmeister and Tim Guthrie specifically for PUSH Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, in conjunction with World Environment Arts Week, UN World Environment Day and the Green Omaha Coalition.
The installation comprises of a room with four video projections that surround a central area. A bicycle resides in the middle of the room. Visitors can interact with it in order to manipulate the projections.
As visitors ride the bicycle, a set of video loops change in response to the activity, but if visitors stop riding the bicycle or ignore it altogether, a very different set of video sequences play. At different times, depending on the participation of visitors to the gallery, one might see the environment flooding around them or see waters receding. Or, if things are particularly bad, fires may engulf their environment.
Participants can manipulate the videos by cycling, turning handle bars, or honking the horn, among other things. As participants explore, a variety of video sequences are revealed. Visitors essentially foster positive or negative change to their environment, depending on their level of participation.