[-empyre-] Critical Spatial Practice on -empyre-
September 1, 2007
As an artist, my interest in hypothetical boundaries or the
space between interior/ exterior, psychic/social, and private/public
has created interesting confusions in working with the immaterial of
new media. Combining and connecting the analog world, the physical
space of the exhibition site with the digital forges and pulses or
pauses, allows the participant to maneuver through the installation
space to contemplate, reflect and formulate new discourses.
In a recent installation commissioned by Women Direct for the
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, my installation was layered
beneath Ithaca College's cavernous rotunda area nestled beneath the
stacks of the library. This architectural space became a sheltered
psycho-space which "housed" the series of videotaped interviews of
cross-generational subjects who revealed stories about their personal
responses to panic and trauma. The installation became a catalyst
for the confusing inter-mix of fright and anxiety both present and
past. The viewer's body traversed the material space to discover
digital realms of vision and narration that uncovered the layers of
the dialectical paradigms that these personal accounts revealed
whether they were repressed memories or fleeting recent recollections.
Simultaneously viewers could hear faculty and students whose
daily chatter filled the reverberating airwaves above as they climbed
the open stairway that architecturally surrounded the rotunda space.
These casual passers were similarly able to observe the intimate
revelations below the surface, initiating an unanticipated, if not
critical, spatial interaction.
Welcome to our -empyre discussion of CRITICAL SPACIAL
PRACTICE. We our looking forward to including artists, architects,
and theorists in this discussion linking the practical with the
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