Monstrance Model / Narcissus in the Black Hole

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ARTWORK
Type:
installation art / interactive art / network art
Keywords:
closed-circuit / cognition / installation / interactive / net.art / viewer
Creation Date:
1996 - 1997
Language:
English
Description:
This is not merely meant as an artwork but as a cognitive situation in which the viewer can confront his/her everyday experiences via Web technology. (...) There is a comma-shaped hole (cca. 60cm) in the gallery wall with a stepladder beneath; above the hole there is a lamp (the tail light of a Ford Fiesta). When someone climbs the stepladder and looks into the hole, a sensor activates a lamp and a camera takes a still picture of the viewer. The image is then sent to the Web, and the viewer can peer into a hole, where they see an on-line computer displaying a Website with their image. The viewer can then see his/her computer image in the hole, as if in a mirror, reflecting from the Web, but mirrored digitally. Around the monitor, randomly appearing words from the nettime-l, the nettime screensaver are projected by a beamer onto the background. If someone visits the Website from outside, the light above the hole starts to blink. (...) (J.S.)

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Original Title (English):
Monstrance Model / Narcissus in the Black Hole
Presentation Date:
1997