Redundant Gothic Corridors

A Set

constructed of six parallel flats with window openings cut in them to generate a forced perspective that creates the appearance of greater depth.  At the back of the set, two small video monitors are attached and angled in such a way that the optimum viewing angle places viewers in contemplative poses within the window openings.  The video contains a two-hour sequence of 26 different individuals silently reading in different settings.

The set is theatrically lit and situated in a dark room, corridor or other setting that allows viewers access to it from 3 sides.

Geometric Layering

of experience viewed through the prism of the multiple meanings and implications of POINT OF VIEW and PERSPECTIVE.

2-D representations of 3-D space, from renaissance paintings to contemporary news and advertising photos, are based on a fixed point of view and that point of view remains constant no matter how the viewer moves in relation to the image.  This SET uses the device of forced perspective to externalize the point of view.  Though the point of view required to view the illusion is still fixed, the viewer is free to move independently of it and thus, step out of the illusion and inspect its mechanics.  As each viewer moves to explore the set they add to their role as spectator viewing it, the role of performer acting in it.

At the back of the set two small LCD video monitors play footage of people reading.  The monitors are positioned in such a way that in order for viewers to see the clearest brightest image (a limitation of the technology causes there to be a single, best viewing angle – point of view) viewers must assume contemplative poses much like those of the readers they watch and present a similar image through the set to anyone who chances into the gallery.

The movement of viewers in and around the set initiates an ongoing series of linear sequences, interactive narratives, a new one commencing each time someone enters the space.