Picture yourself in a room full of people. You overhear a tantalizing snippet of conversation. It grabs you by the ear and drags you in. Moments later you’re pulled away by another snippet. You’re a little embarrassed, but it’s hard to resist.
Tuning into the sights and sounds of another’s life story with a simple tilt of your head is something that has always intrigued me, but more so the emergence of a unique narrative when two stories are mixed together – themes, words and sound all playing off each other to create an unforeseen story, a story never before told and never to be told again.
This just what “Neighbourhood Voices Interactive” is all about. Using body gestures this interactive installation lets viewers control how they experience the telling of two stories shared by everyday citizens of Kitchener.
I will debut a prototype of this installation at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery‘s Black and Gold Gala next Thursday, October 23, 2014. Testing response to my concept in this setting will be eyeopening I’m sure. While everyone there will have a sympathetic tilt to creative works, the challenge of an interactive narrative video might prove less appeal than a glass of wine, the beautiful silent auction items or perhaps eavesdropping on the real conversations going on in the room.
However, the chance to show your work to a willing audience and gather their feedback is not to be missed. For the past three months I have been developing my chops with Isadora, software designed to enable live interactive video and projections. It is part of a large project call “Neighbourhood Voices” that I have undertaken as Artist in Residence at the City of Kitchener in 2014.
The feedback from this showing will be incorporated into an extended version if the installation that will open at the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE in Kitchener City Hall December 1, 2014 and run till January 31, 2015.