Mixed Media Installation with Interactive Video, 12’ x 14’ x 20’
Five channels of video recombine in response to viewers presence and movement. A viewer’s entry into the room initiates the program. Two motion sensors and two distance sensors select, mix and control four of the channels of video using custom software designed with Max MSP Jitter and controlled with an Arduino. The idea is to create an analogue for the idiosyncratic layering and juxtaposition that occurs in dreams, memories and stream of consciousness. Projection onto a seven foot in diameter aluminum pool creates an additional layer of depth. Viewers can get a different perspective on the installation from a five foot tall life guard chair. The underwater footage in these shots was captured using an HD camera and underwater housing. Choreographer Linda K Johnson is the figure in the pool. At the end of this clip there is a 30 second sequence showing the programming on the screen and “the man behind the curtain” programmer Jim Bell. Video from Pool has been exhibited in Shanghai at the N-Minutes Festival, in Brazil at Video Guerrilha an urban screens festival in Sao Paulo, Rio and Brasilia organized by Time Frame, an initiative of the Nederlands Instituute Voor Media Kunst, throughout Eastern Europe and Israel with the Tina B Festival, in Italy at the Fuori Festival, and at Cyberfest in St Petersberg, Russia a video festival organized by the Hermitage. The entire installation has traveled to Santa Fe, NM for the Currents Festival, to Columbia for Festival de la Imagin, South America's largest festival of video and new media, and to San Francisco for the Soundwave Biennial.