Arboreal

By Anahita Hekmat
An Interactive Group Installation, 2010

The space of the installation is a large, dark room, measuring approximately 2153 square feet. When people enter the room, their presence triggers the appearance of projections on the ground, showing details of tree branches, swaying in the wind, shot from below. Image fragments connect the locations of the viewers. A composite image slowly emerges as they move from one area to another. The image splinters and comes together again in many different ways in step with the audience’s interactions. At the same time, locational data trigger the sound of someone breathing deeply. When the vertical image of the tree is projected onto the horizontal level of the ground it becomes a kind of network, or map, produced and surveyed by the audience. Just as the viewers collectively create the space of the image, with the sound installation the individual breath becomes collective.