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Presence

The installation Presence aims to put the viewer in an extreme state. The presence of the body in the room activates the visual and auditory installation and thus changes the atmosphere. Conditioning and being overwhelmed with new impulses are the elements in which the viewer is immersed. In the beginning, there is a loss of control and apparent chaos, until the visitor begins to play with his body and his surroundings. The focus of the installation is the movement of the body. The installation only becomes active when a body enters the room and moves around. With the help of a surveillance camera, a code written in the Max 8 program, which manipulates audio and video with the help of camera and light, a multi-sensory work is created. The extent to which the viewer can influence the installation themselves, usually only realizes after a while.

Being present means focusing one’s perception on the here and now. The confrontation with the unfamiliar situation brings the guests directly into the present, so that sensations, feelings and thoughts are perceived with sharpened attention. The viewer is encouraged to constantly engage with the sensory overload and to react to the continuous changes in the installation. The visitors themselves are used as an element to create the sound. In this way, they become part of the installation through their movements and their interaction with the camera. The way in which a body changes the space or the installation depends on various factors, e.g. size, shape and movement. The speed and intensity of the movements also influence the installation and create an individual experience for each viewer. The projected image merges with the surrounding architecture, giving it a striking rawness. The boundaries between the digital and analog worlds become blurred.

University of Applied Arts
Vienna
2023