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CommPose

2005-2006 - International Exhibitions

CommPose at Fabrica
“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” – Fabrica, Treviso, Italy.

Millions of Photographers

Around 2004, camera phones became as commonplace as the telephone. This increasing trend spawned millions of new photographs taken by regular people as they lived their daily lives. Often these were photos of friends and loved ones, funny signs or objects that they saw on their way to work or home, or brief moments of beauty - a clear sky as seen through tall buildings, a child playing under a tree, abstract reflections in glass.

These images, seen individually, don’t represent much more than the person who took them. However, by collecting images from a group of people in one local space, another representation emerges - the snapshot of a community. The novelty of the camera phone enables us to effortlessly take visual notes about our lives, and it isn’t surprising how many people in a community find interest in the same minutiae.

CommPose Concept Sketch
An early sketch of a “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.

It is a Platform

Bluetooth technology

CommPose is an installation platform that compiles images from these seemingly distinct sources, creating a sequence that represents a group of people in a certain place at a particular time. Using Bluetooth technology, passersby are encouraged to contribute a photo from their camera phones to the installation, which then places the image at the front of a sequence. Because of the short-range requirements of Bluetooth, all the images on the screen are contibuted by people standing in front of it, which creates a strong connection between the images and the installation space.

Themes and Expression

While exploring the uses of CommPose, we found that people responded more to themes. This gives people the opportunity to express themselves with a particular goal. These tones of these goals are varied: from playful (‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’), to political (‘Left, Right, Center’), to emotional (‘WhereTheHeartIs’). Regardless of the theme, the audience is eager to participate. Each installation captured hundreds of user-submitted photos and videos, each portraying a small role in a much larger story.

CommPose on 3 screensCommPose on TV screensCommPose can use any type or number of screens.

It Continues to Change

The CommPose platform has been installated in five countries, on three continents. It has taken the form of large single frame projection, to three small custom-built LCD frames, to an array of eight vintage televisions . It runs natively on Mac OS X and is designed to be easily customizable into any theme or location. We are always interested in exploring new uses for the technology, so if you have any interest please get in touch.

International Exhibitions

Local Channels

2006 - TRIAD Gallery, Seoul, S.Korea

Using a grid of eight vintage televisions, this theme asked the gallery audience to upload photos from their local area. Each image was randomly displayed on the televisions with an image of video static inbetween to simulate the changing of channels.

WhereTheHeartIs

2006 - York Quay Gallery, Toronto, Canada

In this innovative installation, the artist invited people to upload photos of his home city - Toronto. These photos were then transmitted, via cellular networks, to a small LCD pendant he wore over his heart.

Pictures of You

2006 - Bed Supperclub, Bangkok, Thailand

Located in a club in a very trendy and social downtown area, this installation invoked the narcissism of Bangkok's international club-going elite.


Left, Right, Center

2005 - Piazza Nettuna, Bologna, Italy

Taking place during the three weeks preceeding the Italian national election, this exhibit was installed in the main square of one of Italy’s most politically charged cities. ‘Sinestra, Destra e Centro’ invited locals to express their political views in a new type of forum.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

2005 - ZeroOne Design Center, Seoul, Korea

2005 - Fabrica, Treviso, Italy

The first thematic installation CommPose, this exhibit uses three screens to create juxtapositions between randomized images. The audience chooses a screen to upload to—good, bad or ugly—and then watches while their image is matched with other images to create new meaning.



Acknowledgement

A very special thanks to: Carlo Zoratti, Oriol Ferrer-Mesia, Daniel Hirschmann and Andy Cameron. Additional thanks to the institutions that gave their support: