shadowalk

shadowalk,¬†a collaboration between Nathaniel Stern, Henry Lam and Margot Jacobs,¬†uses the digitized shadows of passersby to create temporary, 2-dimensional, sculptures on the floor; it’s meant for large groups to play with.

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shadowalk, an interactive installation in collaboration with Margot Jacobs and Henry Lam, uses the digitized shadows of passersby to create temporary, 2-dimensional, sculptures on the floor. Each shadow has a slow trail of 7 grays lagging behind, fading back to white. Every 15 seconds or so (viewers are clued in with a timer), shadowalk takes a snapshot of all current shadows, and leaves a 2-bit color image behind. This beautiful relic fades more slowly behind all the current video trails. An experienced or ambitious participant may even interact with their shadows to create one person plays.

Intentionally a playful piece, shadowalk is an obvious re-presentation of physical self. The piece evokes a magical feeling of nostalgia that reminds us of fairy tales like Peter Pan. It brings up ideas about shadowed selves, doubles, and a self that casts multiple semi-permanent shadows, or none at all.