E.V. (Longnook), 2015, with Dana Karwas
The high dunes of Truro, Massachusetts shoulder an unbroken perspective of the Atlantic. From miles off the mainland coast and high above the surface of the water, the ocean surface is an unbroken plain. Still, it is difficult to avoid intepreting the landscape through its cultural packaging, as a symbol of nostalgia, promise, or reflection.
E.V. places the observer at the position and orientation of the sensor plane in a camera, surrounding them with a featureless black surface in the interior, and using a white, insulated external cladding to reflect light and sound from the object’s environment. The resulting device behaves like a human-scale camera.
Participants reported several perceptual shifts. Above all, they noted alterations to time, such as reduction or increase of wave frequency. They also noted that the frame objectifies the subject for them, making the view into a picture. As an inversion of the cinema experience, it allows new awareness of surface features, events, conditions, scale, and temporality.