This installation is modular and depending on the space, it can be presented in various configurations. It consists of three components: two 16mm film mosaic objects; two 16mm films (mosaics) playing as loops on 16mm projectors; and one video (on either a large video monitor/plasma screen or projected onto a screen) and one portable EEG headband interfaced with the computer playing the video. This installation can be presented with all three components or just two.
In Medias Res is a hybrid cinema installation project that traces changes in technology and in visual representations of human bodies from the onset of the Renaissance to the present day. Fitting for the 21st century project concerned with technology, the Internet serves as the source of its images. These images are manipulated and transformed into two (16mm) film-photomosaic compositions, two 16mm films, an interactive video controlled by portable EEG headband, and sound, which altogether constitute In Medias Res as a hybrid cinema installation.
As a hybrid cinema installation, this project puts in dialogue older analogue media (mosaic, painting, photography, film) with the digital media, and those with the representations of human figure dating over the last six centuries. The two 16mm film-photomosaics exist as both moving images (two 16mm films and an interactive video controlled by EEG) and still compositions (framed film-photomosaic). The photomosaics are composed of thousands of images (paintings and drawing reproductions, photographs, stills from films, CGI images) of the female and male bodies from early 1400s until the present day, and form Albrecht Dürer’s two-panel painting Adam and Eve (1507).
The images and sounds in In Medias Res have the human body as both their content (32,000 visual representations of female and male bodies) and their form (Dürer’s painting used as a template to organize images of bodies into life-sized photomosaics, audience-participants’ bodies—their brainwaves—affecting changes in the video, and sound—the sonification of images of bodies). Therefore, the emphasis on the body in In Medias Res (as content, as form, and as a means to activate the project, i.e., through bodies of audience-participants) draw attention to the human body as the medium—the origin of all media (McLuhan1964) and the opening to the world (Merleau-Ponty 1962).