Saturday, 9 Feb 2008

Grahame Weinbren – Frames

Grahame Weinbren - FramesGrahame Weinbren’s Frames is an interactive, three-screen projection work, using infra-red sensor arrays to detect user input, combined with randomly accessible video under computer control. It was commissioned by the NTT InterCommunications Center, a media museum in Tokyo, for its 1999 Biennial Exhibition. Frames uses Hugh Diamond’s photographs — the first photographs taken in a mental institution — as a starting point for an examination of the relationship of photographer to subject in the representation of mental disorder. By pointing through hanging gilded frames at projected video images, a viewer gradually transforms young actors into 19th century madwomen. Frames suggests a bridge from the most recent technologies to the breakthrough technology of 150 years ago: black and white portrait photography.

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