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“Invisible Wall”

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Title:“Invisible Wall”
Authors:Coy, Steven
Date Issued:May 2007
Abstract:"Invisible Wall", an installation. digitally captured and projected a live scenario of what would normally be blocked from view. A wall no longer obstructs view but becomes an illusory digital window through the use of digital technology. The visual environment on either side of the wall is accessible and understandable. This information consisted of video containing images about the duality of man and nature, as well as any live scenario created by viewers during their presence in the installation. These videos cinematically created another Illusion about the coexistence between man and nature in harmony when in fact recent society's lifestyle contradicts this. The metaphysical illusion questions the nature of reality versus our perceived reality. Three 8ft wide walls created a rectangular shape installation. They were placed consecutively in a row In the gallery (see diagram 1). The middle wall had projections on both sides of the wall. The two outside walls only had projections on the side facing the middle wall (see diagrams 2 & 3). Cameras inside the center wall were connected to projectors which projected live video in on the Installation (see diagrams 2 & 3). The projections on the two outside walls contained video imagery of contemporary human society on one wall. and a macroscopic view of undisturbed nature on the other. Clips for the nature sequence came from the film Microcosmos: Le peuple de I'herbe (motion picture, 1996; Christophe Barratier, Yvette Mallet, Jacques Perrin, Producers; Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou, Directors; France: Pais de Origem). This French-made film documents insects in their daily lives. Directors Christophe Barratier and Yvette Mallet, capture imagery in a way that allows humans to relate to insects in their busy lives. The macro lens and camera speed capture stunning images that allow a microscopic world to appear monumental, or more human scale. The images of humanity and technology were clips taken from the film Koyaanisqatsi Life out of Balance (motion picture, 1983; Francis Ford Coppola, Producer; Godfrey Reggio, Director; Santa Monica: MGM). In this movie, director Godfrey Reggio used clever cinematography and time-lapse to create stunning imagery of mankind's modem lifestyles. These images present society's requirements for sustainability and technological growth. The images selected from this film present mankind as a large graceful machine where anyone person seems very insignificant.
Description:Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007.
Pages/Duration:iv, 16 leaves
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Appears in Collections: M.F.A. - Art

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