Primal Screen is an interactive multimedia installation whose content is entirely visitor-generated. It presents a series of brief but intimate encounters with the inner lives of the people that surround us, rendered as a single moment of catharsis: a scream.
The installation collects multi-channel video and audio from visitors who wish to contribute a scream to the work. These materials are recorded and processed, allowing the intensity and timbral qualities of the screams to control the degree of video and audio processing. The screams are rendered throughout the gallery on 5 channels of sound and 3 channels of video, one channel of video for the center, left and right sides of the face.
By providing a personal and physical stake in the work itself, and by presenting a unique social context for a unique kind of self portrait, Primal Screen complicates the notion of artistic authorship and (I hope) deepens individual connections with interactive media.