[ISEA97] Artist Statement: Annette Weintraub – Pedestrian: Walking as Meditation and the Lure of Everyday Objects

Artist Statement

Pedestrian is a layered work which evokes the special resonance of urban space through the experience of walking, and in an encounter with ordinary objects. Part of a larger project which will include a interactive multimedia CD-ROM, artists book and still images, Pedestrian is a meditation on perception and place, and on the capacity of ordinary objects to trigger altered states of memory and reverie. Taking the form of a series of episodic elements which examine particular intersections of place, time and substance, Pedestrian employs the mundane to reveal the magical.

This Web-based work uses the interplay of text along with image, sound, and video to explore architectural form, mass culture iconography and oddities of human interaction as occasions for suprisieand revelation. Pedestrian uses the metaphor of walking, as a means of navigating memory and consciousness. A walk through the City becomes the trigger for a rambling meditation on space, time and human interaction, seen through chance encounters with evocative objects. The narrative of Pedestrian Is composed of several discrete regions, each region providing a distinct visual and textual experience. From a hommage to the noir city films of the 50’s, to a ballet of everyday objects, or to an examination of store windows as shrines, Pedestrian provides an opportunity to explore the hidden meanings of the everyday.

  • Annette Weintraub (U.S.A.) Exhibitions include: Technoseduction (1997), The Cooper Union; Picture Element (1996), Valencia College, Orlando, FL; CODE (1995), Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NYC; Image Electronic (1994), Euphrat Museum of Art, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA; and Metamorphoses: Photography in the Electronic Age (1994), curated by The Aperture Foundation for Photography and the Visual Arts, at the Museum at FIT, New York, and traveling for four years to:The Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Tampa Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. A previous art work for the Web, Realms, was included in: Hello World—Private Places-Global Spaces, Zurich Museum of Design, Switzerland. Kahanamoku & Beyond, a satellite exhibition of the Biennale of Sydney, and is also a featured project on ArtNetWeb. Annette Weintraub chaired a panel “Art on the Web, the Web as Art” at SIGGRAPH 96, and is a 1991 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts grant. She is Professor of Art at the City College of New York and Director of The Robinson Center for Graphic Arts and Communication Design.