PERFORMING WENDY CLARKE, 2011
In 1977, Wendy Clarke exhibited Interactive Video at the University of California San Diego. Clarke's original video installation was based on a series of instructions she composed for the new medium of video art. I used her instructions for the pieces Self-portrait, Stair, Hopscotch, Chairs and Hand as a template, and reinterpreted them with live digital video cameras, projectors, and a few simple props.
I was interested in treating these pieces as demonstrations of virtual reality. Rather than the high-end, out-of-reach technology which has come to define immersive virtual environments, my interpretation of Wendy Clarke's work relies on fundamentals: reflection and interaction within the frame, and an understanding of self inside an artificial world.
Performing Wendy Clarke is based on the instructions Wendy Clarke provided the University Art Gallery for her 1977 installation Interactive Video. I re-staged the piece with live video proection and a few simple props for the Archive Fever exhibition at UAG in 2011. The aim of the piece was to introduce students to the concepts of interaction and spatial perception, and connect them with current models of virtual reality and video conferencing.