-“Using Skype as a medium for generating temporally destructive portraits and self-portraits, Hallier redefines portraiture for the digital age.” - Judith Escalona - MediaNoche, NY
The installation deconstructs and recreates 77 long-distance conversations the artist conducted online with 7 friends and family members throughout one full year.
On 2 parallel walls, the 2 projections talk to one another through recreated sound and animated images.
Each conversation is presented in a chronological order and titled after an episode of existing TV series. One specific series is assigned to each person according to the nature of the relationship. Thus commenting on the dramatization created by video conferencing unique setting as well as the narcissism and voyeurism often triggered.
The glitches of the technology alter the images, bringing an iconic quality to each portrait. The distortions reflect the physical distance as each interlocutor becomes a fascinating deformed stranger.
By emulating the processes of technology and by working with it directly, Hallier’s work aspires to render the systems and patterns that describe a contemporary character. The resulting portraits or self-portraits reveal in turn the intimately technological and the systematically human.