Chris Basmajian / Work /

Interactive video (custom software, computer, display, video camera, excerpt from the film Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock)

This piece combines the image of the viewer with the light bulb scene from the end of Hitchcock’s Psycho. This work intentionally misinterprets the images’ numerical representation to interfere with their reading. Both the film excerpt and the viewer’s image can be seen simultaneously. As neither can be seen completely in any one frame, both are reconstructed through afterimage and memory. The motions of the viewer shift the source of the interference to that of the viewer’s image, and the motion of the swinging light bulb symbolizes this vacillation.