Chris Basmajian / Work /

Can't Hear the Music
Interactive video (video camera, lightbulb, display, custom software, computer, excerpts from the film Alphaville, directed by Jean-Luc Godard

This piece includes 3 excerpts from the Godard film Alphaville, which imagines a world controlled by an evil computer named Alpha 60. The viewer stands in front of a hanging light bulb, reflecting the action onscreen. As the viewer moves the light bulb, the action is replaced by 2 other short excerpts from the film.

The light bulb element exists in multiple ways: as a physical object, as an optical interface, as a reflection on the screen, as part of the content of the film excerpt, and as a mask cutting through the layers of imagery.

This piece was programmed with Processing.