Mar
9
2016
<em>Zoom Pavillion</em>
 

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Krzysztof Wodiczko
Zoom Pavillion, 2015
Projectors, infrared cameras, robotic zoom cameras, computers, IR illuminators, Ethernet switch, HDMI, USB extenders and cables
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3

Zoom Pavillion is an interactive installation that consists of immersive projection on three walls, fed by twelve computerized surveillance systems trained on the public. The piece uses face recognition algorithms to detect the presence of participants and record their spatial relationship within the exhibition space. Zoom Pavillion is at once an experimental platform for self-representation and a giant microscope to connect the public to each other and track their assembly. Independent robotic cameras zoom in to amplify the images of the public with up to thirty-five times magnification: the zooming sequences are disorienting as they change the entire image “landscape” from easily recognizable wide shots of the crowd to abstract close-ups. The whole installation is in a fluid state of camera movement, highlighting different participants and creating a constantly changing animation based on optical amplification and tracking.

Zoom Pavillion marks the first collaboration between artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Krzysztof Wodiczko. It was originally conceived for the Architecture Biennale in Beijing but only realized for Lozano-Hemmer’s solo exhibition in Mexico City’s MUAC Museum. These artists’ practices often involves transformation of an existing built environment using projection technologies to “augment” the site with alternative histories, connections, or public relationships. The term “projection mapping” is now used often to describe techniques that Wodiczko was already deploying over thirty years ago. Meanwhile, Lozano-Hemmer’s contribution to the field in the past twenty years has been to develop ways to make mapped projections interactive with the general public. This piece emphasizes the temporary construction of connective space in relation to predatory technologies of detection and control.

Zoom Pavilion

Zoom Pavilion

Zoom Pavilion

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