video installation

“Azimuth” is a measurement used to locate an object in space relative to an observer. It is the angle from the intersection of a line drawn from the Zenith through the object to the horizontal plane of the observer, and a common reference point.

In the installation, a Zenith television sits on a table, surrounded by three handmade wooden boxes: one with a clock hand, one with a knob, and one with a button.

The TV displays an image of the empty room. On the floor, line images dance around as people walk by.

Winding the clock dial backward reveals a recording of the observer in the room, captured by a camera. As long as you turn the dial, you can watch your movement in the room leading up to or away from the present.

Pushing the button places the empty room on the floor, and the dancing lines on the TV. The lines turn out to be movement from the camera: if you are still, the screen is black, but where there is a difference from one moment to the next, an image appears.

Turning the knob changes channels on the TV: an altered view of the present, or the same place on a different day, or a view of the building from outside.

Azimith premiered at The Vanderbilt Republic’s “Being and Time” show in March 2014, curated by Renwick Heronimo.

The piece is a rational quantification of an observed presence outside and relative to one’s self. In this case, presence is revealed through active temporal exploration on the part of the observer.

It’s also fun to play with.

Read the BLOG POST to see how it works.