Deep Contact directly involves the
body of the viewer/participant who were required to touch
the computerscreen. Viewers choreograph their own encounters
in the vista of voyeurism by actually putting their hand
on a touch sensitive screen. This interactive videodisc
installation compares intimacy with reproductive technology,
and allows viewers to have adventures that change their
sex, age and personality.
The leather clad protagonist invites
"extensions" into the screen and the screen becomes an
extension of the viewer/participant's hand. Touching the
screen encourages the sprouting of phantom limbs that
become virtual connections between the viewer and the
image. A surveillance camera was programmed to be switched
"on" when a cameraman's shadow is seen. The viewer's image
instantaneously appears on the screen, displacing and
replacing the image.
An erotic, interactive touch sensitive
videodisk Deep Contact compares intimacy to technology.
Viewers can have adventures with the guide and have options
of changing sex or personality.
[Deep Contact was created In collaboration
with Sara Roberts.]