Arbitrariness
INTERACTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY INSTALLATION

© maria paschalidou 2012

Sound synthesis/Sound installation:
Manolis Manousakis
Programming & software development:
Marinos Koutsomichalis

 

Arbitrariness
Interactive photography installation
© maria paschalidou 2012

Sound synthesis: Manolis Manousakis
Programming & software development: Marinos Koutsomichalis

Arbitrariness explores the fragile and unforeseeable relation between image and language taking as a reference an art/book produced in 1947 (Louise Bourgeois, “He disappeared into complete silence”).

The interactive installation creates a participatory environment where audiences’ can re-interpret the original work. The software allows improvisations in writing making possible the connections from the past to the present; from the printed material to the digital; from the digital to the interactive.

Arbitrariness seeks to map dialogues between the present and the past by re-writing and re-visualizing the absence and presence represented and described in the initial art/book.

Arbitrariness explores the fragile and unforeseeable relation between image and language taking as a reference an art/book produced in 1947 (Louise Bourgeois, “He disappeared into complete silence”). The interactive installation creates a participatory environment where audiences’ can re-interpret the original work. The software allows improvisations in writing making possible the connections from the past to the present; from the printed material to the digital; from the digital to the interactive. It gives the possibility for viewers to interact with the texts, which accompany each projected photographic image. Viewers can use a computer keyboard to put in writing their own comments, thoughts, paraphrases creating new interpretations and multiple combinations of language and image. Moreover, the software has been designed to back-up all the combinations and record all the written responses of the viewers.

Arbitrariness is an interactive photographic installation in which audiences can participate in a game of ‘choices’, ‘random choices’, ‘necessities’, ‘dilemmas’ or ‘indifference’. The installation consists of ten photographic images and texts accompanied by sounds, which are projected in the exhibition room through the software designated to allow audiences’ interaction with the artwork.

The photographic images of the installation, most of them black and white, describe fragmented moments from everyday life but also from dreams. They are spaces in which the familiar crosses the unfamiliar and in which meeting the Other in person is at stake. Within the time that each picture lasts, a certain amount of sound has created to be looped.

Projected photographic images (partial presentation)

 

 

 

 

Exhibition

Beton7 Gallery, Athens, March 14 -31, 2013. Solo exhibition

Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Beyond the limits of the gaze,
PhotoBiennale 2012, “Logos”, Thessaloniki, May 11 – June 17, 2012.
Curators: Syrago Tsiara, Domna Gounari

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