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Invariably, as I follow one set of links, I discover another road I can't resist, and down that other path I go. I came across this path somewhere while I sas folloing PhotoVoice. I'm not even sure I left enough broken twigs to find my way back. But somewhere along the way I found Catherine Ludwig's graphics work. I copied just a little here to intrigue you. But there is more if photography and virtual presentations is a path you want to follow.

Artists on this site are exploring many of the same questions we are, but they are immersed in new media technology. I cannot begin to include such media training in sociology. Some of it, I am not even familiar with myself. But if it intrigues you, here is a way to search out that might lead to careers or community involvement or wonderful family and neighborhood experiences. If enough of you are interested, I will ask our computer technology department to offer a workshop for us. Meanwhile, wander Ludwig's site and know that these choices are there. \noc`ti*lu"ca By Catherine Ludwig. English version available. The English version is at Backup.

Catherine Ludwig's site: Spektators 04
Spektators 04
I thought of Velma's Red Room when I encountered this image. jeanne

The following is Ms. Ludwig's statement. There are more photos. You need to explore. I especially like her piece on the Museum as a Public/Private Space (“Kunstbetrachter betrachten Kunstbetrachter” 02) and EnterFace, a little more than halfway down the file.

“Spektators 04”

Video- and sound installation, postcards, Din A5-posters, stamps
The spectators, as a temporary community, form a physical collective.
They are individual but joint in their acoustic reactions, gestures and emotions.

The role of the „Spektators 04“

The real spectator looks at the virtual „Spektators“ of the spectacle, with all their reactions and emotions. The ultimate event - the stage performance, the sport event, the IMAX movie - as a temporary spectacle, arises in the imagination individually.

The time delay and the accelerating moving pictures and sound, but also the combination of the different events generate a new genre of a spectacle.

“Spektators 04”- poster and “Spektators 04” - postcards:

The posters advertise a movie titled „Spektators 04“, including the stars of the everyday life.
Do all the posters and banners distributed throughout the entire country exist, or are these advertisements only a result of our imagination? Fiction or reality? What is true, what is a fake?
Do the posters in the virtual space picture the actors of the temporary events, or us, the real spectators?

These musings on space, whether it is real or virtual, whether it is really there if we create it, what are ghosts in these spaces, what are real? All these are similar to the deep discussion questions that occur in our Naked Space. Consider one piece out of the the Museum Watcher watching the Museum Watcher series:

" 'Kunstbetrachter betrachten Kunstbetrachter' 02
slides projections of art exhibition visitors into several (museum) paper bags

"Abstract of the article 'Public Space in a private Time':

"A museum is a public place, but only for those who choose to be a museum public. A museum is a simulated public space; it's autodirectional and uni-functional, whereas a real public space is multidirectional and omni-functional. When you go to a railroad station, you go to catch a train; but, in the meantime, you might be browsing through a shop, or having a drink in a bar, or sitting in a lounge. When you go to a museum, on the other hand, all you are doing is going to the museum. In order to go to the museum, you have to be a museumgoer; you go to the museum in order to continue to be a museumgoer. What do museum-goers want? What are you doing here anyway?" (Vito Acconci)

These are fascinating questions. Sociologists must not ignore them. Notice the Richter-like effect of the images appearing to move along th horizontal. The private time in this public place does not appear to be static.Yet we have always assumed that time was static, easily broken into linear units one of which followed the other. Is that the only way that time could be?



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