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THE EAST/WEST TELEMATIC EXCHANGE, Interactive Video System
East/West Telematic Exchange is a live networked system
highlighting the conceptual aspects of exchange and communication,
which took place in Hong Kong and Chicago simultaneously
during the international Looptopia Festival. This venture
was made possible through a collaboration between
the Hong Kong Art School and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
All passers-by in Hong Kong were invited to peep through
the hole of a customized box and gaze far beyond their reach.
The eye of the observer was visually captured and
instantly transmitted via internet to Chicago. In Chicago,
there was a similar peeping box inviting viewers to look
beyond the familiar. Each “eye” from east and west
were then featured on a large projection and the
collage of the two ‘eyes’ displayed came from two
different faces, one from each city on opposite sides
of the world, divided by a 13 hour time difference.
Year of creation: 2007