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Occupy Image
Occupy Image
Occupy Image
Occupy Image
Occupy Image
OC IM

Occupy Image: Stereo-3D video audio projection - 13 minutes - 2012 - Willy Le Maitre

The 3d video installation opens with images taken during Occupy Wall Street in Zacotti Park in October 2011. The title Occupy Image is a play on words which refers to how spaces are produced by images and the passive occupation of these spaces by the contemporary spectator/producer.

The sequence of dissolving images progresses from the protest images into seemingly unrelated imagery. Parallax, referred to in stereographic 3d video relates to a simulation of human sight. A presentation of the images from two aligned cameras produces a depth illusion to the similarly separated eyes of a viewer. This sense of parallax presumes an object in coherent Cartesian space. The meshing and sequential dissolving of varying perspectives and disparate spaces in Occupy Image destabilizes the illusion and expectation of space. What is expressed in its place is an expanded sense that parallax can have to depth. Where depth is a negotiation of difference to be perceived by combining the here with a formally unrelated there, and there and so on. The merging of spaces entwine masses with voids. Bound by organic lines, the unfolding juxtapositions present viewers with an experience of reading space that is vivid as our natural sight is but selective and associative like our memories, imaginations and digital exchanges.

The aesthetic of realism that is typical of high definition video technologies has an effect of separating us from what is represented, leaving us with a detached experience of surface appearance. When a viewers attention roves around the depth planes in the 3d image, an augmented sense of perceptual presence extends the terms of occupation. Despite a separation from context, the experience can be real in the way a dream can. The act of looking is a passive occupation and though the engagement is detached, there's always the potential for transformative consequence.

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