Coming from an artistic background in filmmaking and a technological one in electronic
engineering design, I began to create interactive video installations in 1988 that involved the
viewer's own image and response to that image. As I continued to use computers and video in
live interactive installations, I began to understand that computer systems could provide unique
metaphors and analogies that could be used in pursuing psychological issues relating to
perception, memory and cognition. The viewer's perception of memory and time in relation to
the computer's handling of memory and time continues to be important in my work.
Two projects are proposed that look at computer data as a malleable construct and suggest
possible directions for what a fictional data type might be in the context of artistic based
representations. The first work Walking is a dynamic light based installation that involves the
representation of a series of 1 dimensional computer data streams as a series of 1 dimensional
representations over time as rhythms of light and uses physical objects to bring meaning to the
computer rendering of this handmade fictional data. The second work Weather Projection is a
web based work that internally starts with the data of a few descriptive words that define he
circumstances in a distant location and magnifies and exaggerates these words to the extreme
point of creating a personal narrative movie (with the help of the viewer). These two works are
at opposite ends of a spectrum that is defined by the complexity of the transformation used to
represent a piece of data.
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