I interpret any environment I am in it based on its rhythm, be it visual or auditory. Traffic lights, sirens, the crunch of snow, crickets at night, shadows under the door of people walking by all make the richness of a place. Boston, on its loudest day, is still missing the white noise of the crawling traffic and mass exoduses of pedestrians waiting for walk lights in New York.
So: if we can hear rhythm, how do we see it? The steady repetition of traffic lights becomes a beat, car horns a melody, and the wind in winter as a hum underneath it all. Can I synthesize the rhythm of an environment?
I began by writing down every sound I heard for three hours, which made me unnaturally alert of my own surroundings and rhythmic environment. I used this sense of heightened reality and surrealism through the juxtaposition and distortion of viewpoints. The corner furthered the sense of seeing, impossibly, through multiple angles, multiple directions, multiple eyes.
this installation was shown three times. originally designed to be projected into a corner of the college of fine arts common space, where it was on view on april 6, 2013, it was also displayed on a flat wall from April 22-28, 2013, and was shown again on a flat wall at the BFA thesis exhibitions at boston university's 808 Gallery from may 4-11, 2013.
watch the full installation video:
created for: boston university
deliverables: projected video + audio
date: april 6, 2013
project type: installation, video