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[DPsNtN] = DISPLACED PERSONS say NOTHING to NOBODY

"[DPsNtN] = DISPLACED PERSONS say NOTHING to NOBODY" (2001) is an interactive installation by Christin Lahr.

[DPsNtN] = DISPLACED PERSONS say NOTHING to NOBODY

[DPsNtN] = DISPLACED PERSONS say NOTHING to NOBODY; photo: Jan Sprij

[DPsNtN] = DISPLACED PERSONS say NOTHING to NOBODY is a computer-controlled interactive environment which is linked to the Internet. The installation focuses on human communication and the tensions and overlap between physical and virtual spaces, physical non-action versus virtual action, and the interplay between watching and being watched.

Inside a room 8 loudspeakers emit a computer-generated multi-vocal conversation. The moment someone enters the room, sensors register movement and cause the voices to abruptly break off. This sudden entry is viewed as an intrusion on the conversation, and the latter will only resume when either everyone has left the room or remains completely motionless as a group.

Web users can control 6 surveillance cameras and switch between different angles in order to follow the behaviour of the visitors. These video "cuts" are immediately projected on a screen outside of the room, and figure as direct testimonies of the clicking behaviour of the users. In addition, the exhibition visitors can be addressed by online users via the loudspeakers through a chatbox with speechsynthesis.

DISPLACED_PERSONS say NOTHING to NOBODY queries themes such as as private versus public, surveillance and control, mobility and immobility. Themes which in our current society beg many questions. 

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