FUJI spaces and other places
“FUJI spaces and other places” is a procedural piece for four seasons viewed live-online for 365 days during 2010. This work examines how we perceive changes in time and space when experienced through a digital medium. Exploring the authenticity of our experiences of distant nature, sacred sites and sacred icons in a networked, connected world in which we live. It suggests access to a place in which we are not necessarily present. An ideal place, utopian in concept. A sublime object that can be adored from afar. An ‘object’ that could be observed over time, as an antidote to the overwhelming variety and immediacy of live-broadcasts available today via the internet and the constant incitement to communicate with distant real subjects. Throughout 2010 images of Mount Fuji were collected from ten existing webcam broadcasts, interweaved together into real-time compositions, which were then broadcasted live online from January 1 to December 31 2010. The compositions result from properties of the web cameras (resolution, size, availability), the light and weather conditions (day, night, Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn) and the interface with custom software, which conducted each camera as an instrument and generated the final result. A dialogue was created between the code and the available conditions, reflecting on notions of control verses spontaneity. Moreover, the composition was developed on a monthly basis, creating an ever changing durational piece. With time-based media works such as this the process can be considered as valuable as the end result (the artefact). Through the use of technological tools, and the real-time experience of the work, the process and the artefact here are one. Thus the gap between the real place and its representation no longer exists.
Nurit Bar-Shai is a multimedia artist working at the interface between art, science and technology. She was exhibited at the OK-Center Linz, The National Art Center Tokyo, SESI Gallery SP, the Science Gallery Dublin, and The State Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki among others. Bar-Shai received a Prix Ars Electronica 2007 Honorary Mention, the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Jury Award, and was commissioned by Turbulence.org. She is the cofounder of GENSPACE, a citizen’s lab in Brooklyn NY.