Signal in Noise (2011)

Philosophical Statement:

Signal In Noise conveys how we actively require thresholds to protect and maintain a sense of intimacy. Although each person has a unique threshold level, the existence of this threshold is universal. It is only through confrontation that we are able to understand. With this in mind, Signal in Noise aims to leave each viewer questioning their own coping methods to a world increasing in noise.

Through the use of multiple projectors, Signal in Noise is an exploration in using physical depth to convey a narrative. With this construct, the audience is given the freedom to choose how they perceive the composition. Whether the viewer stands directly in front and observes a composite of all three layers or the viewer walks between the layers to view them in isolation this is a freedom that traditional film is incapable of providing. The content is generativity selected and modulated to introduce chance and variance into to the composition.

Physical Description:

Signal in Noise is designed with the intent to be viewed in a gallery setting. The installation requires a room with floor plan of at least 30 feet by 15 feet and a minimum ceiling height of 12 feet. The installation is composed of three layers of velum, a transparent material optimal for projecting onto. Each layer is cut to 4’ x 6.64’, a standard 1.66:1 widescreen ratio, and is hung from the ceiling, suspended 3 feet above the ground. The three layers are positioned facing the same direction and are spaced five feet apart from each other. Mounted on the ceiling three feet in front of each layer is a short-throw projector and a speaker.

All three projectors are connected to a single computer through a device which adds multiple monitor outputs to a single computer. Similarly, the three speakers are connected to the same computer through an audio interface. Although the presentation of this composition in a multichannel format is both technically unique and complex, the technology used to create this installation remains hidden to the audience. This is to create an environment where focal point is on the media and not the medium.