Sunday, March 12, 2006

Shadow Bag by Scott Snibbe

Shadow Bag, 2005
computer, projector, digital video camera, retroreflective screen, custom software

As a viewer walks within the beam of a projector, their shadow is captured and re-projected onto a screen with unpredictable variation. Sometimes there is no response, the projector is just pure light; sometimes their shadow immediately starts to come at them from the other side, mirrored; at other times, the shadow follows them. The responding shadow is sometimes their own and other times prior viewers. When the viewer intersects the replayed shadows it occasionally dissolves or collapses, like an empty bag. The title of the work refers to the Jungian notion of the body’s shadow as a “bag” that holds all of our psychic detritus. >
Scott Snibbe

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