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Interactive Media Installation, 2019

Instagram live broadcast; iPhone, LCD monitor, PC, stand; 2 Instagram accounts

Engineers: Alexey Grachev and Sergey Komarov

The basis of the project is live streaming. It takes place on the social network Instagram with two accounts that the artists created specifically for the exhibition. The installation consists of a smartphone and the screen. The smartphone is attached to the counter, and the LC display is situated in front of it. The first account is opened in the phone; it is streaming live. The second account transmits a connection to the broadcast of the screen. One device looks at another; the screen for live-stream viewing repeats endlessly. An endless digital tunnel appears that stretches off into the distance. All the visitors of the exhibit end up in this tunnel — those who pass between the phone and the monitor and those who connect to the broadcast from their gadgets.

The virtual abyss with an intuitively comprehensible interface feeds on what goes on in reality. A person who appears before the camera for a moment eclipses what has been streaming a split second ago. Random passers-by captured by the camera replicate ad infinitum, get blurred and fall into nothingness. The same abyss is the destination of people who have connected to the broadcast — with all the comments, notifications, likes and emoji.

The live broadcast is on every day, and it lasts for an hour. For the rest of the time, viewers see a recording. On the next day, the previous streaming is forgotten for the sake of a new live transmission. To join the streaming, go to the user’s Instagram @tjhfsythwregh

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