[ISEA95] Artists Statement: Jim Campbell & Elliot Anderson – Mercurial Refractions

Artists Statement

This installion creates a dynamic “global picture” by interwinning weather information, satelite images, interactive video discs, interactive sound and viewers’ movements. Current weather reports for cities throughout the Northern hemisphere are regularly accessed through the Internet. The weather information is processed and controls video disc players. The video consists of short narratives of a figure moving about a room and is projected as the shadow side of the “globe”. Hourly satelite images of the earth are retrieved from geo-stationary satelites and are projected as the lit side of the “globe”. A moving “atmosphere” of video noise traverses the surface of the global image. The viewers’ movements create pertubations in the noise sending patterns floating across the surface. These patterns reveal an underlying video image which changes the contents of the room? artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty//eanderson/mercref/desc.html

  • Jim Campbell (USA) is an interactive video and computer artist who received two B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in 1978 at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.
  • Elliot Anderson (USA) is an interactive computer and information artist, he received a B.A. and an M.A. in Creative Arts at San Francisco State University (1993-1994). He is the founder and director of Tech*, an arts organization created in 1992, dedicated to supporting new art forms through curation, lecture, criticism and the production of events.