Scene | Unseen is a purpose-built interactive exhibition consisting of handheld projection devices, each with its own image feed which is anchored to QR coded coordinates located throughout the gallery. This allows the audience to navigate multiple series of images simultaneously within the same physical space. In effect the entire gallery is wrapped in images, a selection of which becomes visible when a coordinate is illuminated by the device. These images have been curated by three different artists, creating three exhibitions within one overlapping, physical space.
The images are only visible when the device is pointing at them, emphasising not only light’s capacity for revelation, but also its relationship with concealment. The device functions therefore as a digital flashlight, revealing unseen material through the casting of light. This reflects some of the limitations of vision which have been highlighted by the transition from the physical to the virtual. By creating an experience that allows the audience to navigate digital images in a way that resembles navigating physical space, the work engages our spatial memory in ways currently unrealised in conventional methods of looking. Scene | Unseen harnesses our obsession with the visual in an attempt to re-engage with questions of how we can explore our digital world physically.
Scene | Unseen, custom software, Raspberry Pi s, Raspberry Pi camera modules, exposed negative film (DIY IR Filter), SD cards, HDMI pico projectors, infrared heat lamp, cordless charging ports repurposed from kettle, handles, wood, form ply, laser printed QR codes, adhesive, installed dimensions variable, 2013
Statistical Projection For 16 October to 02 November, 2013 (incomplete and abridged), 2013
Aerial photographs from Belanglo, 2013
Text and images from The Para-Archeological Society – For the Recovery of Lost Stories, 2013
Thanks to Drew Pettifer, Adam Taylor, Carl Sturtz, Channon Goodwin, Kieran Prescott, Scott Mitchell, Frank Feltham and Kevin Lewis for their assistance and support with this project.
25-31 Rokeby Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Australia
16 October – 2 November 2013
PO BOX 12438
(c) Benjamin Creek 2013