A video installation with three channels of video and audio
Based upon the memories and dreams we associate with our past, present
and future homes, Almost Home is a triptych of large-scale
projections showing miniature, handmade houses. Made by children, each
house grows in scale and focus, then retreats in slow motion movement
as it fades out of the picture plane, metamorphosing into a different
house. The sound of crickets, unique to each house, gathers intensity
as the house approaches. Each house and its accompanying cricket ambiance
is tuned to a different note on the harmonic scale, creating a virtual
symphony when the three channels of audio and video are played together.
When the house reaches its peak in size and focus within the frame,
the intensity of the sound and the life-size enormity of the handmade
house creates a visceral impact upon the viewer which can be felt bodily.
There are three houses per video channel, or nine houses total. Each
channel is timed slightly differently, so that the installation is continually
evolving and different juxtapositions of houses and cricket sounds appear
throughout the day. Conceptually the work focuses upon the home as a
locus for memory, expectation and metamorphosis, and addresses notions
of childhood idealism, variation within sameness, miniature and gigantic,
and fantasy and reality.
--Hardware: Three LCD video projectors, three DVD players and
three pair of speakers.
--Dimensions variable. Installation can be installed with a minimum
projected width of 18 feet to a maximum width of 36 feet (including
channels of video projected side-by-side on one wall)
--Installation running time: continually evolving loop