COLLECTED VISIONS uses family snapshots drawn from the Collected Visions archive of photos collected from over 350 people to question how photographs shape our memories.The installation is computer-driven and utilizes high-resolution digital projectors and high-quality streaming media system created specifically for the project by Jon Meyer. Two floor-to-ceiling 17-minute sequences with dissolving images are simultaneously projected. While collectedvisions.net 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 music, composed by Elizabeth Brown 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 conducted between 1996-2000.
COLLECTED VISIONS debuted at The International Center of Photography in 2000.