Public Projections – 100 Laurier Ave E. Ottawa, ON
This video projection was shown in the window of a building on the campus of the University of Ottawa. With the use of Processing, a visual Java software, this patch divided up a text file of data into into single words. The content was a self-curated compilation of tweets about sandwiches. Through this topic, I found people making largely unimportant and simple observations or questions about their personal experiences. The content of the tweets were an extreme expression of sentiments that one might share with their friends or partners, and due to the nature of twitter, were over exaggerated for comedic effect. It became a concern of mine to demonstrate how people were trying desperately to be seen. The public projection aspect enabled these tweets to be seen, and therefore exemplified their meaninglessness. The nature of saying such banal things is not found in the content of the words, but rather the nature of the relationship one is saying them in. The importance of relational context was emphasized through the process of recontextualization tweets into a public art display. This demonstrated how we accept and are even encouraged to participate in a conversation that does not feed us by showing the absurdity of this conversation outside of its platform. Moreover, it emphasizes the allowance for anyone to say anything at anytime. Due to the nature of art, viewers can assume that a lot of thought and energy has been put into this installation, which emphasizes the irony of it’s content that is created in the opposite way, through meticulous effort and deep consideration.