It’s so strange to think that this Janet Cardiff is about to no longer exist because a building is being remodeled, but that’s what’s happening at SFMOMA. Check out read Willa Koerner’s recent experience of the piece on SFMOMA’s Open Space.
We’re so in tune with technology now that we slip into it so well… . We’re like cyborgs in the way that we can sort of use a camera as an extension of ourselves. — Janet Cardiff
Just for a moment, press rewind and allow yourself to enter an alternate universe in which another’s past becomes your present. For now, your only anchors to reality are a handheld video camera and your own two feet hitting the floor. You are inside SFMOMA. Other museum visitors mill about as you become a visitor inside a stranger’s head. The camera pulls you away from your life and into the stranger’s, articulating her own experience of being present. As you gaze at the world through her eyes, the stranger dares you to look more closely, to see meaning where you hadn’t noticed it before. For 15 minutes you’re isolated in public, immersed in an experience that isn’t exactly yours, but has somehow taken you over…
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