REVERB

Computer-based projection by Lorie Novak, 2004 [ongoing]

22 minutes with Internet audio fragments

Software by Jon Meyer

 

 

 

 

REVERB debuted at ArtSway in the New Forest in Southern England, October 16, 2004. Video is a five minute excerpt.

 

Interweaving photographs of significant moments from the last 50 years with personal images, REVERB places the individual within a deeply political and historical context. Viewers are enveloped by images and sound. Approximately 200 images images dissolve and re-eppear in an almost perpertual cycle akin to history itself. The chronological sequence contains both important and little known documentary images of historic events from the Holocaust to the current Iraq conflict. Personal imagery including Novak's family snapshots, self-portraits, and travel photographs from the same periods are interwoven with the media imagery.

 

 

Selected audio fragments, taken from on-line audio archives, play randomly alongside the projected images - and are complemented each day by a live news feed taken directly from the internet. Viewers, finding themselves situated in the midst of visceral imagery and constantly stimulated by the random audio streams are challenged to consider their own individual perspective of these events.

 

The installation uses special software designed by Jon Meyer to generate the image dissolves and to stream audio content from the many public audio archives on the internet such as npr.org, bbc.radio.co.uk, storycorp.org, and the historychannel.com. Direct broadcasts of past historical events, political speeches, and personal testimonies make different sound/image permutations each time the piece is played.