ARTIST: Eric McNeill
TITLE: Untitled (Portrait/Movement)
MATERIALS: Projected LED video installation
DIMENSIONS: 6' x 6'
"Untitled (Portrait/Movement)" is a short looping
video of a person repeatedly walking across the field of view,
sometimes pausing to look or turn back. It is projected by a
custom display of 256 LEDs, creating a very low resolution image
causing the subject to drift in and out of recognition as the
action changes. The low-def image strips the subject of identity,
while emotion is conveyed by the subject's movements.
I've long been interested in how technology can be used
to represent and reflect on human emotions and understanding.
Most technology is used simply for control, but when repurposed
for artistic use it can provide insights similar to and beyond
that of other media. For the past several years I've focused
on pieces that distill information into their elemental bits,
and this series of LED works is a study in how we recognize
meaning from the barest amount of information.
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