| Chance Encounters, 2002
A computer generated installation presented on
video displays at the 7th and Metro Subway station platforms in
Los Angeles, as part of the Experimental Art for Riders program.
The theme of the installation is the chance encounter potential
of the subway environment, passengers' thoughts while waiting, and
a collection of objects they might carry with them.
Chance Encounters: 1st Installment (summer 2002)
"Chance Encounters" consists of animated visual and Spanish, English
text segments that are programmed in random sequence by a database.
The project takes as its starting point the often heard expressions
"ships passing in the night", or "chance encounters". These quotes
function to address the situation of passengers moving past each
other in a public transitional space, being in close proximity without
the intention of making personal contact with each other. The first
installment takes the above topic by juxtaposing two names, collected
from cultural communities the subway line services, next to each
other on the screen, one chosen alphabetically, the other randomly.
At some point, the names are erased by colorful textures.
The intention of the work is to provide some visual
stimulus and cultural connection (for instance, the search and encounter
of passengers' own names on the screen) that might provide the passengers
a momentary personal engagement to the short-lived experience of
passing through what Marc Auger calls "non-places", public spaces
that we traverse on our way from point A to point B.
Thoughts While Waiting: 2nd Installment (Fall 2002)
The 2nd installment consists of phrases presented in sequence of
things one might think of while waiting in the station. These texts
function like chinese fortune cookies, conventional but possibly
useful in bringing a thought to mind. After a short time, the screen
gets erased by random particles similar to "film noise".
Objects & Time: 3rd Installment (Early Winter 2002/2003)
The third installation consists of a continuous sequence of images
of objects that one might carry while commuting on the subway. The
computer first decides on a topic from the database: Watches, Toys,
Pens, Magazines, Maps, Clothes, Shoes, Electronics, Rings, Tickets,
Hats Caps, Hands, Heads, Pictures photos, Hair holders, Glasses,
Books, Keys keyholders, Cell Phones, Money, Notebooks, empty, Purses
Bags, Cards, Necklaces, Bracelets, empty, ID Cards, Cameras, Cans
bottles, Flashlight, Notes sketches, Tissue Paper, Miscellaneous,
Food candies, Cigarettes lighters, Feet, Locks, Tools, Medecine,
Mugs, Make-up, Boxes, Wrapping paper. This is then followed by a
selected set of 6 objects presented on screen with the time, 02:12:26:34:12,
given numerically beginning with the year to the month, day, minute
and second. The database of objects was collected in Paris, France
Video displays spread across the platforms of this station receive
their signal from a computer which generates real-time visualization