I was happily asked back to be a part of the Collider Series at Akron University by my former teacher Tony Samangy. They showed me the space they wanted me to use and how they were hoping to use it. They wanted to help the flow of people going from the main floor of the gallery to the sub-floor. So my spot was more or less the stair well. And the theme for this installment is “Transform”
At the first Collider, Tony was hoping to have this ascii camera display running, but unfortunately it just didn’t work out in time. This time, the theme fits perfectly for the ascii camera. Take a picture and transform it to an array of characters to represent the grey values in the picture.
But this is only 1/2 the project. On the opposite side of the stairwell is the windows to the outside hall. Using 2 projectors, 6 panels of the windows take all that ascii information and displays. Each image begins as a pure white screen, and as time goes on each line of ascii characters shoot across the screen, leaving a trail of color behind. All the colors left behind slowly seep into the full ascii image. Slowly you are able to see the ascii image on the windows but then after too much color the image and once again indiscernible. One all the characters have gone by a new image is picked at random from the images taken in the hallway.
The projection helps to intregue passers by to enter the gallery and from the inside, the motion of the type slowly guides visitors to the lower level of the gallery.