REFERENCE RIO (2016)
Reference Rio (2016) visually explores the cinema as site through the use of the mechanical filming rig. The movement of the camera is carefully choreographed to create an exploration of perception of space, recording every detail of the architectural site. A pre-recorded 360-degree film of the empty cinema auditorium is projected on the cinema screen. Once used to record the space the rig is then used to map out the movement of the recording device as a laser is attached to the same place where the camera was mounted. The red dot of the laser traces the eye of the camera. As the audience ‘maps’ the projection to the laser within the ‘physical’ cinema space a complex relationship/conversation occurs between artwork and site. The projected image has two roles: one to locate (anchor the audience within the cinema space) and the other to disorientate (see the cinema space in a new way).
Reference Rio (2016) is reflexive in nature in that it questions the comprehension of space as dualistically experienced and represented. The viewer becomes an active participant as they ‘map’ the projected film with the moving laser around the space. The mechanical rig explores the way we see the physical architectural space as an extension of the body. The cinema space is transformed into an ‘activated’ live space. Cinema, a medium of the past, is re-engaged with media of the present; the primary experience of watching and the secondary experience of representation are merged and the viewer must continually attempt to determine what they are looking at in terms of function and bodily relation to site. Forced into a state of consciousness that demands continual analysis and reflection, the viewer becomes simultaneously lost and found in the work.