In a city constantly moving forward and erasing its relationship with the past, this video installation flips that experience on its ear byre-inserting the past into the present. Comprised of two video monitors in two storefronts directly across the street from one other, each displaying synchronized surveillance camera views recorded from the previous 7 days, the piece creates the experience of seeing the recent history of where the viewer is standing but not the present. The work creates a perceptual trip wire into the past, intended to reawaken our senses to the randomness and ritual in our daily environment.
Scenes from Last Week: LEX/47 is a new work by media artist Andrew Demirjian in collaboration with The Roger Smith Hotel, Beekman Liquors and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center where he is currently an artist in residence. The project continues inside lobby of the Roger Smith Hotel where video monitors display live-edited camera footage from both sides of the street. A computer program written by the artist creates rhythms with the synchronized footage inspired by musical compositions. In this work, surveillance is a constant yet hidden aspect of daily life in New York City, which is made apparent, uncovering the archeology of the everyday.
Inspired by traditional painting genres like portraiture and landscape, Andrew Demirjian’s work explores boundaries between psychological and physical environments using contemporary technology, like surveillance video, motion tracking, and data gathering. His work has been exhibited widely including international exhibitions in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, and Russia as well as many galleries in New York City. He is currently an artist in residence at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and has been awarded a Puffin Foundation Grant, an Artslink grant, and a 2006 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His current work involves creating computer programs to delay, synchronize and juxtapose multiple long-term video streams to reveal hidden patterns in the everyday. www.andrewdemirjian.com
Roger Smith Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts-production company providing cultural entertainment as a way to promote dialogue within and between the leading disciplines of the New York and global art worlds. The company’s mission is to establish itself as a pre-eminent and sought-after cultural institution to the city of New York. Recognizing dialogue as the backbone of any cultural organization, RSA embraces variety as a means to foster the exchange of creative ideas. RSA produces concerts, readings, performances, installations, and lectures, all with leading creative intellectuals. www.rogersmithlife.com
Eyebeam is an art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its contributions to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content and open distribution. www.eyebeam.org
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