Window to the present

You approach a window displaying ghostly videos of unassuming faces. As you peer through the window, your presence triggers facial recognition software, which in turn records a short video of the viewer. This video is added to a rotating library which plays for the duration of the exhibit.

CCT student Chris Miller used a reclaimed window, facial recognition software, projected video images, and a video camera to integrate and reflect the people who visited this “window to the present.” Blurring the line between audience and artifact, present and past, this installation explores how we become part of a thing larger than ourselves–this exhibit, this building, this university–simply by being present. Do we have any impact on those larger things? The installation wants to say, “By being here, you have become part of this story.”