But the Real Magic Happens Thursday 10/10 (Activate) and Friday 10/11 (Open Doors)
at 6pm at 77 Market Street
for the openings! (shameless plug)
Social barriers of race, class, and background came crashing to the ground as people made instantaneous friendships inside our little virtual world! I was invited into my own projection by a guy who wanted me to join him on the girder for a silhouette snapshot, as if standing in the same virtual zone as him was like joining the same fraternity; as if it just wasn't right to be separated by virtual thresholds! I watched as a very compelling sort of kinship formed among people who occupied the same girder.
I drove home tonight proud of our completion of the installation, yes, but downright giddy with the thought that this is exactly why I make art - to create spaces where people can meet themselves and each other anew, and just maybe sense God in the midst of it all. I for one felt God today amid our new comrades, these strangers, and relationships were cultivated that would have had no business happening otherwise.
But that's of course skipping ahead quite a bit...
There were several harrowing days of install before we got to enjoy these moments. HUGE thanks to Aferro Gallery for being so supportive, generous, and curious. Their belief in this project made it possible. Here are some shots from the journey:
(and if you'd like to go back in time to the beginning of the project, here are the other posts about it, in chronological order:
...This test thankfully confirmed that everything worked as it was expected to, with no technological disasters on the part of the Kinect! You'll hear Marc's reactions as I go out and test it for the first time in situ.
|Harrowing moment #2: Marc's plaster beams had picked up quite a bit of moisture in storage and were therefore much heavier than they used to be...|
|...that is until we realized that it needed to be a good foot and a half higher than our first platform would allow. So I pulled some tricks out of my old grad school hat and built a ceiling mount!|
|I'm hoping this mount is useful to the gallery in the future as it is perfectly positioned to project the size of the window!|
|Next we began lighting the sculptures in order to get cast shadows that would echo the landscape in the video, which was, after all, derived from shadows created by these very forms in the first place.|
|A panoramic shot of the sculptural installation in progress, paper over the window on the left to hide our work until the big reveal!|
|Marc's flowering buiding, Paraxusmos|
And we here get our first peek at real passers by out on the street, as we watch from inside. We still hadn't quite resolved the lighting (harrowing moment #5) so the image is a bit washed out, but that was soon remedied by some clever masking and snooting. You can thank your theater tech professor later if you understood that.
(more photos and videos to come - Marc got some great ones. I believe he has some including our encounters with our new friends, too.)
And so now, there's nothing left but to hope the technology does what it's supposed to and continues to cooperate in the time between now and the opening, inevitably frantically fix something, and then enjoy your company! See you there!!