The Shy Picture (2005)
Narinda Reeders & David MacLeod
An Experimenta New Visions Commission
Interactive video installation
A small photograph hangs on the gallery wall, quiet, unobtrusive and mysterious. As we approach, the figures in the picture appear to sense us coming, they take cover, running and hiding; sneaking back only when they feel it is safe. Custom software and motion sensing enables The Shy Picture to detect our movement, allowing the characters in the picture to assess the presence or absence of intruders. Combining Reeders and MacLeod’s photographic, video, and programming skills, The Shy Picture resembles an early black & white film still which comes to life, but refuses to disclose the plot.Narinda Reeders is a photo-media and performance artist with a backgound in Computer Science and Psychology whose work combines the visual elements of digital video and photography with computer programming and electronics. Her photomedia work has been exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Australian Centre for Photography. Reeders’ interactive installation, Help Your Self, premiered at Experimenta Playground: International Biennial of Media Arts in Melbourne, August 2007.
David MacLeod is an artist whose photographs, videos and sculptures are frequently exhibited across Australia in both group and solo exhibitions and are held in public and private collections throughout Australia.
Project team: Andrew Baxter (custom software)
The Shy Picture premiered at Experimenta Vanishing Point: International Biennial of Media Arts in Melbourne, September 2005.