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November 2009

Telematic Vision - Permanent Installation Exhibit for Experimenta Science Museum

Sermon, P 2009, 'Telematic Vision - Permanent Installation Exhibit for Experimenta Science Museum', exhibited at: Experimenta - Science Center der Region Heilbronn-Franken gGmbH , Heilbronn, Germany, on 21/11/2009.



Two identical blue sofas are located in dispersed remote locations. In front of each sofa stands a video monitor and camera. The video camera in each location sends a live video image to the other location. The two images are mixed together, via a video effects generator, and displayed on the monitors in front of each sofa in both remote locations simultaneously. Two more video monitors, displaying the same image, are added to both locations, and stand one meter from the arms on both sides of each sofa. The theater of the spectacle is complete. The viewers in both locations assume the function of the installation and sit down on the sofas to watch television. At this point they enter the telematic space, watching a live image of themselves sat on a sofa next to another person. They start to explore the space and understand they are now in complete physical control of a telepresent body that can interact with the other person. The more intimate and sophisticated the interaction becomes, the further the users enter into the telematic space. The division between the remote telepresent body and actual physical body disappears, leaving only one body that exists in and between both locations. Assisted by the object of the sofa and the scenario of the television consciousness is extended and resides solely within the interaction of the user. "Telematic Vision" is a vacant space of potentiality, it is nothing without the presence of a viewer and the interactions of a user who create their own television program by becoming the voyeurs of their own spectacle.





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Exhibited Name
Experimenta - Science Center der Region Heilbronn-Franken gGmbH

Heilbronn, Germany

On 21/11/2009.