A bit rough and slightly blurry video walkthrough of the Fire multi-screen set-up we created at UTS for the meeting with the people from the National Museum who came over for the day from Canberra (7/12/2012). The space is the ulab studio (thanks to Joanne Jakovich), which we transformed quite quickly for the occasion. The walkthrough has a bias towards my installations which I needed to document before they disappear again, but it gives an impression of the work in progress. We are working towards an exhibtion at the NMA at the end of 2013.
Starting from outside (the Ultimo Pedestrian walkway next to UTS), you see me (Bert Bongers, UTS Interactivation Studio) in the reflection, then inside you first see the beautiful and informative poster about the Firesticks project, designed by Jacqueline Gothe (project leader) who can be seen to the right, Jay Arthur (curator of the NMA) walking past, then the interactive video flames on the wall. In the corner a screen presentation with interviews with participants and organisers of the fire workshops. Then all the participants of this day are shown: Jacqueline, Jay, Jeremy Lucas (NMA), Deborah Szapiro (animation producer, lecturer and PhD researcher on media screens typology), Jacquiline Kasunic (lecturer in design studies and theory), Sean McKinty (NMA), Clément Girault (videographer, his fantastic work is shown on the two big projections), Janey Wood (NMA) looking at a video documentary on line (see : vimeo.com/53911523). There is another screen with a documentary, and two main projections showing footage by Clém from two recent fire workshops. Then an interactive set-up is shown, I made this variation on an earlier project which uses objects (charcoal, wood, a feather, and various books and DVDs) tagged with RFID chips which trigger videos in the computer (the RFID reader is under the table, below the bits of charcoal). It is merely meant to show the potential of this type of linking objects to media, a feather triggering a video of birds is a bit too literal (the birds come becuase of the fire, they expect to find prey) (at least the feather should be of the right bird....). The final section of the video shows me interacting with the videoflames on the wall: three videos of fire were shot at a high frame rate slowed down, and this speed of each clip is influenced through three sensors hanging down from the ceiling. The soundscape is fire sounds from the Cape York bushfire workshop (July 2012), with two microphones far apart recreated with the speaker distance.