3.48. The Hyperreal

This post serves to document and evaluate my week 8 exhibition piece, “The Hyperreal.” This was a digital installation that aimed to provide a space in which the notion of reality can be questioned. For more information about the creative process behind it, click here.

This installation featured a desk, a chair, my laptop, a projector, and a small mirror. My short film Glitch was played on a constant loop through the laptop and the projector; deliberately off-sync.

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This installation asks the question: how many removes are we from reality? Well, if we think about the film Glitch, it features a composition which provides an answer to this question:

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My face in this mirror is at least two removes away from reality: what you’re looking at is a digital representation of a reflection of my face. The glitch effect that punctuates this film also troubles its sense of reality, possibly adding a third remove. This is where the installation set-up comes in: the viewer is invited to sit in the provided chair, and when they do so, they involuntarily re-create this composition; their face comes into the mirror! The viewer becomes three or four removes from the original composition.

I was really encouraged by the outcome of this installation! I felt it was an effective representation of the ideas I’m currently thinking about. In my view the installation aspect was the most successful element; I think it made what would’ve been just a film something much bigger. It had presence and depth. I think the least successful element was the interactiveness: I think that it could have been more obviously interactive. This is really important because generally speaking, when people view art they are not keen to touch it or get very involved. I think the next step for me is to work out a way to enable the audience to get involved.

One more thing…I was so impressed with the content of this exhibition, especially considering how quickly we had to tidy up the studio for it, that I decided to make a film documenting it. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you viewing!


Published by William Fowler

Hello! I'm studying Art and English Literature at the University of Reading, and I'm currently working with art films to investigate philosophical ideas of the 'real.' As always, my aim is to create pieces of art that are more than the sum of their parts.

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