Binoculars to… Binoculars from… is an installation, which is able to connect to a number of cities in an extraordinary way. When you look through the binoculars, instead of seeing the scene physically in front of you, you are transported to a different site. This opening of a real-time window into another location is not unidirectional: when looking into the binoculars, your eye is captured and shown on an urban screen at the observed place. Hence, the inhabitants of the other, connected city will see the huge-scale, searching eye looking at them.
As well as playfully connecting to other cities, and dealing with issues of extended surveillance. In this respect Binoculars enables to see also the observer from the other side.
Also this work underlines the ideas of the French anthropologist Marc Augé. Binocular creates an excess of time and space, allowing one to travel to a totally different location and be present there in a matter of milliseconds, whilst still remaining in their first physical location.
The art installation was shown in 9 different cities:
Liverpool (FACT): 22nd Aug – 5th Oct 2013
Madrid (MediaLab Prado): 6th Sept – 6th Oct 2013
Berlin (CHB): 6th-7th Sept 2013
Melbourne (Fedsquare): Sept 2013
Dessau (Bauhaus): 6th-7th Sept 2013
Riga (Riga2014): 7th-12th Sept 2013
Helsinki (m-cult, MediaFacade Festival): 22nd – 25th Aug 2013
Linz (Ars Electronica): 5th Sept – 14th Oct 2013
Brussels (iMal, White Night): 4th – 6th Oct 2013
See the CATALOGUE with all the shows and process!
More photos from different locations.
Project by Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet Sola
Software assistance: Martin Nadal
The art piece produced and curated within Connecting Cities project (producing organization FACT Liverpool).
Special thanx to John Moores University Liverpool where the physical part of the installation was developed and produced.