Atlas of Immediate objects:the burden of distance
Multimedia Installation watch the video

            The Atlas of Immediate Objects: The Burden of Distance is an interactive installation that encourages the viewer to actively participate in the piece. By integrating performance with digital technology, my installation highlights the importance of the physical body in the constitution of a subjective identity.  Navigation is the installation’s central metaphor and the viewer becomes the navigator of an electronically buoyed ship. All of the components of this installation combine to create a pun on the notions of illumination and enlightenment in respect to our navigation of identity in today’s society.

            The Atlas itself is comprised of a quadrant of maps charting internal vistas. They depict emotional territories and define identity by their suggestion of disorientation, departure and distance. Each map is created from a series of digitally manipulated video stills that are 20 x 30 inch black and white selenium toned photographs. These prints are bound in aluminum and held together by a fluorescent binding. The maps rest on a clear suspended table under which are four video monitors that display a sea of electronic static. The viewer climbs the stairs to see the maps and is invited to through them. Directly behind the stairs is a scrim that displays a video projection of a slow motion close-up of hands making a string compass. The compass and map in my installation do not function in a conventional manner, instead they are meant to provoke a sense of disorientation within a private world.