Monday, May 4, 2015

Art Experience: Outdoor Video Projections, A night of Projections

As I walk around the library campus center area, I see some projections set up around campus. There are artists altering the projector, playing with their computers. As I walk through the arch below the library I see the shifting of a projector, displaying onto a sheet. As the image steadies two cats play in a window scene of a library. I interpreted the image to be a reminder for students to stay calm and try not to stress for the heavy work load ahead. I also interpreted it to mean that it is okay to let loose and  have fun: "Work hard, play hard".

As I walk by the staircase to go towards the great room, I pass by Jamie's project and laugh at the turning head that flashes green beady eyes at me. As I approach it it says "excuse me", I take a step closer "oh good I got your attention". As I take another step the head quickly spins in a circle and abruptly lets out a monotone scream/moan. This piece is clearly interactive. The humorous message quickly jumps out at me. This was meticulously placed near the entrance to the staircase  because people are constantly walking in and around the staircase, catching the motion detector almost every time cause people to stop and look around.

Another message I pulled from this piece was the famous Ferris Bueler line,

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

Near the turning head, I see a project being setup with the title Wormhole. As you can image a colorful wormhole appears on the screen slowly moving through the tunnel. The effect is quite mesmerizing, taking you  into a time wrap fantasy. To the left of that (perfectly placed above a fountain) is a gif of sharks swimming through an ocean scene. There are a few little bubble floating around as the sharks and fish glide through the scene. 

Although all of the themes seemed to differ pretty dramatically, they all pulled viewers eyes towards them providing an entertaining break from the heaps of pages dying to be studied.