1984x1984

Shadow Box 10

"1984x1984" is the tenth piece in Lozano-Hemmer’s Shadow Box series of interactive displays with a built-in computerized tracking system. The piece shows a grid of thousands of random numbers extracted from addresses photographed by Google Street View. Scanned by Google from the front doors of buildings around the world, the numbers have an immense variety of fonts, colours, textures, and styles. As a viewer walks in front of the piece, his or her silhouette is represented within the display, and within its form, all numbers countdown to show the number 1984 repeated throughout. The piece was made as a homage to George Orwell’s eponymous dystopian novel, 30 years after his predicted date for the collapse of privacy.

The piece exists as a reactive flat screen which can be shown unframed or integrated into an anodized aluminium enclosure. Also, there as an edition of 6 C-prints in Kodak Endura paper and a "treatment" version which can be projected or shown on a display larger than 6 x 3 m.

General info

Year of creation:
2014
Keywords:

Shadow Box

Technique:
computer, 4K UHD flat screen, Kinect One
Power:
depending on the screen, should need around 250W on 110-240V
Dimensions:
variable screen size and weight: recommended flat screen with 85 inch diagonal (190 x 110 cm)
Edition:
6 copies + 1 AP copy

C-Print

Technique:
chromogenic color print
Dimensions:
canvas measures 213 x 120 cm
Edition:
6 copies + 1 AP copy

Treatment

Technique:
computer, projector, Kinect One
Power:
depending on the screen, should need around 250W on 110-240V
Dimensions:
should have a display larger than 6 x 3m
Edition:
1 copy + 1 AP copy

Exhibitions


Credits

  • Guillaume Tremblay - Programming
  • Conroy Badger, Julie Bourgeois, Pierre Fournier – Production assistance

Bibliography