Who Are You?
For a limited time in February 2011, KWMC (Knowle West Media Centre), in Bristol, UK, hosted an immersive video installation, which questioned how proximity and distance can affect the way we perceive and interact with other people.
“Who Are You?” has been developed by KWMC’s resident artist Patrycja Cudak. At the opening of the installation, the viewer is asked to choose a character they would like to hear from. As the viewer crosses the installation space and approaches the screen on which the character is projected, the character’s behaviour, dialogue and body language will change. Each viewer will hear a personalised narrative and develop an individual relationship with their character, as a result of the unique movements they make within the installation space.
Patrycja said: “[in] building ‘Who Are You?’, I was especially interested in what happens to us when we make a close relationship with someone and suddenly discover that this person performs some unhealthy habits when no one can see. How do these people create their outer image? How does their performance change when we get closer to them? Can we ever know the truth about a person?”