"DISPLACED_PERSONS is an interactive, online environment
centered around the interfaces between PHYSICAL and VIRTUAL spaces
and focused on the field of INTERHUMAN COMMUNICATION. Contrary
to custom, interaction is not the result of an activation message,
but simply: DO_NOTHING, NO_ACTION.
In a room constructed as temporary and 'placeless',
one finds 8 loudspeakers and 8 red signs with the words engraved:
north, south, east, west, up, down, in, out. Concepts of placement
in physical spaces and simultaneously the most important commands
to navigate within virtual worlds. Visitors hear a computer-generated,
multi-voiced polylog of different synthetic characters, in which,
among other things, questions arise concerning absence, truth
and lies, sex, appearance, identity, and detection.
When people enter, the polylog abruptly breaks
off until they either leave the space or remain completely motionless.
Only the ABSOLUTE IMMOBILITY OF EVERYONE triggers the sound installation.
In this way, a situation of INTERDEPENDENCE (NET_WORKING) develops,
mediating itself again and again. Every individual influences
the entire happening, and the result is a joint expression of
From the moment of collective HOLDING_STILL,
visitors become fixed in the space as LIVING SCULPTURES and thus,
at the same time, EXHIBITS themselves. Essentially, the options
exist to either enter the space or remain at a distance: to become
PARTICIPANT or OBSERVER.
Through 4 spyholes, events in the space inside
can be monitored. The observer notices that the distance is only
a relative one if he becomes, by observing, the one observed.
All of this can also be tracked on the WordWideWeb via 6 surveillance
cameras. In an analogy to the local environment, the cameras of
all logged-in users are also collectively controlled so that every
individual can influence all in-coming video. This is projected
parallel to the exhibition via beamer. The arising 'cuts' result
directly from the user's clicking behaviour and also document
their activity. Likewise, texts can be fed into the website and
immediately be heard through a loudspeaker found in the room,
thus furthering the 'POLYLOG OF FICTITIOUS IDENTITIES'" (Christin
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born 1965 in Munich; lives in Berlin. Since 2001 professor of
Media Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. Exhibitions
a.o. WHEN TEKKNO TURNS TO SOUND OF POETRY, Shedhalle Zürich,
KunstWerke Berlin (1994/1995); CLUBBERLIN, Biennale di Venezia
Teatro Malibran, Venice (1995); VIRTUALITÄT DES VERSCHWINDENS,
Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Berlin (1997); ZONEN
DER VER-STÖRUNG, Steirischer Herbst, Graz; CROSSLINKS, Marstall,
Berlin (1999); rFACE_to_vFACE, Kunsthalle Bremen (2000), V2_Lab
for the Unstable Media Rotterdam (2001)