I set out to devise a video installation art piece, that not only pushed me creatively but also engaged the audience so as to push them into generating their own interpretation of what they were seeing rather than being spoon-fed of what I wanted to convey.
I began by looking at how the television screen is perceived; a gateway to an infinite amount of information and images that are so readily available, the viewer almost becomes desensitized to their content.
The main video was presented on a CRT TV with an infinite loop of images played out to give the impression the television was ‘awake’ and the viewer was a mere voyeur of its activity.
A second, more modern LCD screen TV was set up next to the CRT TV to show a juxtaposition of the technology of old and the technology of new. A camera was attached to the top of the LCD TV and displayed a live feed to itself which showed the viewer reacting to the images being played on the loop thus meaning the observer instantly became the observee.
Images taken from Free Range exhibition in Brick Lane, London, UK
By chance whilst surfing the internet, I happened to come across an interesting article about the neurological condition synesthesia. From the offset I found myself fascinated with the fundamentals of this condition and begun researching further into this, which led me to embark on a journey of exploration in the hopes that I could gain more of an insight from it.
After contacting the UK Synesthesia Association, I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Tim Layden, an American artist and teacher who lives in London. Tim has a specific form of synesthesia called chromesthesia or sound-to-colour synesthesia in which the audible sense automatically and involuntarily evokes a visual experience of shapes and colours.
Whilst living in Hong Kong the first thing that struck me was the vast contrast between the city during the day and how it transformed into the night. It is a city with two completely opposing identities.
I travelled into the Central and Western District at night fascinated by the wonderful array of artificial lights that continuously illuminated almost every road in the city, which incessantly remained active even when their audience was fast asleep.