Phenomenal TNT @MCASD // PST

Expanded Screen

Mylar, holographic fim, String, 6 Projectors, Web Cameras (operating as motion sensor), Processing Software

Different videos appear depending on the location of the participant

Site-specific installation, dimensions variable

2011

Expanded Screen is an immersive interactive installation featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego‘s event TNT (Thursday Night Things). The event is part of the Pacific Standard Time exhibition Phenomenal: California Light, Space and Surface. The exhibition features works by Light and Space artists, including Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Doug Wheeler, Mary Corse, Larry Bell, and more.

For November’s TNT, Boyd’s immersive interactive installation, Expanded Screen, evokes a quandary–if one’s apprehension of a determinate physical environment is largely dependent on their visual perception of said environment, what happens when they see something that is not there? How can light and spatialized imagery distort our visual perception of space and ultimately question what qualifies as an actual object? The screen and the image typically collapse physical space. In the instance of Expanded Screen, the self and surrounding spaces are decentralized. The foreground, middle-ground and background are extended into layered accordion-like planes of tangible and intangible spaces. The screen space extends from the viewers walking through the gallery, past sculptural holographic faceted screens and into the bellows of a “hall of mirrors” styled video.

Temporally, the recorded figure hovers an everlasting moment of now. The body on screen experiences time differently than our own natural biological time. It can be argued, temporality is instantiated within consciousness. While interacting with Expanded Screen, only when the participant is conscious of, and moving in tandem with the recorded figure, does it begin to enact what one can recognize as a natural temporal trajectory. While seeing the body mediated through media, one sees an apparition of their simultaneous self engaged in a parallel, intangible mode of being. The participant has the sensation of walking through a space that is both there (in appearance), and not there (not physically present). Additionally, the participant becomes a distributed presence via their reflection, silhouette and recorded image. The participants’ mediated, simultaneous self becomes entwined with multiple apparitions of a recorded figure traversing three planes of spatiality simultaneously. The installation serves to confuse one’s visual perception while evoking ontological paradigms regarding apprehending spatiality as it relates to embodiment.



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