Febuary 1991, Riverside Studios, London, England
December 1990, Muzeum Architectury, Wroclaw, Poland
November 1990, Galerie Van Den Crommenacker, Arnhem, Holland
Shadow and proximity are central to Social Hair's gestural interface, in which a video camera is utilised to monitor movement in space, making the keyboard and mouse redundant. Through their movement in the installation the viewer reconstructs a non-linear narrative of sound and animated image, a short documentary of an obsessive loner. Influenced by Mallarme's theories of guided chance, the spatial organisation of sound and image cells enable the viewer to re-sequence, omit and emphasise individual elements. Participants see their own image spliced into the prerecorded action and their movements infuse multiple readings of a once static narrative with staccato rhythms and new life.