eye contact

art. podified.

Saras’ blog (no feed)


I attended an interesting local art event last week, it seems artists are now foraging into the world of portable media players as an outlet for their creativity. The folks at The Escape Artists Society held vancouvers first (as far as i know) video ipod art show, EYETEASERS.

The event (held at the amazing vegetarian restaurant and lounge The Foundation) was structured as an interactive auction, where visitors would rent portable players at their table, to watch a series of 3 ipods, loaded with the various works of the show. At the end of the evening, the audience bid for 6 weeks of exlusive viewing privelages of the piece the lucky ones were able to win. And yessir did I win! I decided to go all out (with a little help from the crowd and the rubber glove guy, thanks guy!) and won the amazing piece, “Eye Contact” by “Sara Thatcher, from San Fransisco. This video won crowd favorite in the voting for the evening, and was sure to fetch a fine price. I wont go into the details of that, but the piece is now mine… all MINE!! (at least for the next five weeks).

Going through Sara’s Website there are many interesting projects, which she summarizes succinctly in her artists statement.

My work investigates the nature of art as an exchange between the artist and the viewer. This generally takes the form of small, deliberate activities or gestures. Often there are two distinct audiences for each piece. One group participates directly in the exchange; the other participates through the documentation of this interaction.

This is certainly true for her video iPod piece Eyecontact. I may be rushing things a bit by posting this on google video so soon, but I have given the artist full credits, and just really wanted to share this with everyone. This piece is specifically designed for the ViPod, so it is not the same experience on a desktop or laptop as when you can install it on your device and use it in the context of a crowded room. The artist words better explain her motivations.

My work investigates ‘social practices’ and interactions. I am fascinated by gestures such as holding open the door, physically walking in another person’s shoes,
and eye contact. The intimacy that the Vipod offers is particularly attractive and presents a great platform to discuss and activate eye contact.

Now lets see if this plug-in works.

Admittadly, another reason I am posting this is an excuse to install the new Extreme Video Plug-in from Ross Gerbasi, and get my google video account fired up. Which is also one of the reasons why I am so late getting this posted. Slow blogger that I am. This plug-in looks to be the best one for wordpress right now as it allows linking to google videos, YouTube, and jsut a bunch of othe stuff. It IS Extreme after all. So far so good, I think now that I’m fully audio and video equipped there could be much more interesting content on this blog. If I can just remember to post!