[the clearing]

George Legrady

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The Clearing is an interactive installation artwork that focuses on the language of American print media's representation of the Bosnian crisis during the 1993-1994 period based on material culled from the archives of the Oakland Data Center.

In its dormant stage, the program features an image going in and out of focus with breathing sounds. The program is to be activated by gallery audience viewers who then activate the image on the computer and its narrative(s) with the use of the mouse. Through the act of search and information gathering of bits and pieces of news data, viewers assemble a narrative concerning this event.

Viewers use the computer to examine an old hunting photograph made visible in an incomplete and fragmented mode. They will search for meaning with an interface that will reveal its high-tech, military observing gaze as exemplified in the sci-fiction movies of the last decade. In the process of search, the viewer will be guided to various levels and details of the image, encountering texts that will comment on an international crisis of the mid 1990's: The Serbian/Bosnian Conflict. The three tiered environment reflects three separate points of views: The Bosnian's experience, the Serbian historical/ideological position, and the West's news commentary.

The experience of navigating through the program's interface speaks to technology's origins in medical and weapons design and philosophy as discussed by media theorists Jonathan Crary and Paul Virilio. The viewer explores the surface details of an old hunting photograph to search for meaning encoded beneath its surface. This image functions as a 'stand-in' for world events as chronicled to us through public media, a mode of communication which positions us as distanced, removed spectators unable to distinguish between the cinematic and the real. The Clearing's interface speaks to the origins of vision tools in medical and weapons design as technologies of domination and spectacle in the search for knowledge and truth. The interface accentuates the logistics of perception or piercing gaze of this mode of seeing in its aggressive search mode, quick stimulus response and the viewer's insatiable need for consumption.

(George Legrady)
  • genres
    • installations
      • interactive installations
  • subjects
    • Media and Communication
      • print media
    • Power and Politics
      • authority
      • violence
Technology & Material
Quadra computer with 16MB RAM, hard drive, keyboard, mouse, 16” monitor, and a video projection unit
Installation Requirements / Space
a table, two chairs. Preference is for two individual computer and projection installations to allow multiple access.
Exhibitions & Events