Heads: An Interactive Human Taxidermy Video Installation
Shown in the Granoff Center for Creative Arts at Brown University in May 2013.
In this interactive video installation we sought to create an immersive and surreal space that required viewer participation as a critical component of the piece. When a participant approaches a head on the wall they are detected by infrared sensors that trigger the head. The result is an unpredictable sequence of exchanges. The participant's roles in this piece are manifold‑‑ they act first as a viewer and trigger, and then are enlisted as a confidant, an old pal, a nuisance, a potential suitor, an enemy, or a voyeur. The installation simulates a museum‑viewing experience‑‑ the heads are works on display for viewing yet they are also viewers themselves, who redirect the gaze onto the participant.
Maia Chao, Brown '13
Lukas Bentel, Brown/RISD '15
Daniel Stern, Brown '13
Heads (from left wall to right wall):