The Blackest Spot
Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
September 6- October 4, 2008

The Blackest Spot, 2008

The Blackest Spot is an interactive installation that uses Elias Canetti's seminal text "Crowds and Power" as its point of departure. Canetti speaks of crowds as a mysterious and universal phenomenon whose density creates the 'blackest spot'. Using images of crowds culled from the daily newspaper, The Blackest Spot explores the representation of crowds and the myriad of reasons for public gatherings. Using animated imagery, fragments of sounds from well know speeches throughout history, and drawing, this installation will transform the gallery space into an arena placing the viewer in the role of audience or speaker. As viewers interact with triggers strategically placed on the floor of the space, they will be able to choreograph their own experience. Alternating between contemplative quiet and a cacophony of cheers, the many facets of public gatherings will be explored.

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