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The Medium

 "All media work us over completely. They are so persuasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage."
-- Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage, 1967

Two facing seats are divided by two back-to-back flat screen LCD video monitors, with two small video cameras attached. When people sit facing each other in the niche, the screens act as the medium through which they perceive each other. The cameras, one pointing at each viewer, project a live feed image to each of them of each other. The two people converse through the medium of the video image. The image goes through a series of random transformations, e.g., black and white, negative, etc., and occasionally fades to the viewer's own image.

Murphy Hall, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Commissioned by the Art on Campus Program
7' X 5' X 16" mixed media

Public art coordinator: Shelly Willis
Video processing by Joshua Goldberg and Jasper Speicher

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