LORIE NOVAK installations
| COLLECTED VISIONS
computer-based installationby Lorie Novak with music by Elizabeth Brown,
software by Jonathan Meyer, and sound design by Clilly Castiglia
here to read an interview with Lorie Novak
See also Collected Visions on the web
This installation uses family snapshots from an archive of photos collected from over 350 people to question how photographs shape our memories. COLLECTED VISIONS is computer-driven and utilizes high-resolution digital projectors and a new high-quality streaming media system created specifically for the project by Jonathan Meyer. Two floor-to-ceiling 17-minute sequences with dissolving images are simultaneously projected. The installation draws from the over 2,500 images that Novak has collected for Collected Visions on the Web which launched in 1996. While the web project functions as a neutral space that collects images and stories, the installation uses photographs selected by Novak to create an extended essay that explores the emotional, psychological, and cultural roles of snapshots.
The images, which depict home life, familial relationships, celebrations, rituals, vacations, children at play, awkward adolescence and more, are juxtaposed with one another and combined with overlapping spoken word and music in a dreamlike environment of dissolving projected images. The experience conveys the psychological, emotional, and often disturbing nature of photographs and explores their contemporary role in our everyday lives.
The music, composed by Elizabeth
Brown for viola, flute, shakuhachi, piano, and toy accordions, incorporates
themes and voices that relate to the photographs. References to known
melodies resonate much like the familiar themes in the projected images,
and musical passages repeat and overlap, echoing the experience of the
dissolving projections. Spoken words are drawn from interviews and discussions
that Novak and Brown have been conducting since 1996.