In this installation there are two discrete rooms. One for surveillance in the gallery and one for playback in a second gallery upstairs. Patrons walk into the first of the two rooms, a small room devoid of anything other than a computer screen and mouse, prompting them to click to start. They are then given a direction in plain text as to what action they are to enact. These prompts are seemingly simple such as, “Wave like a man” and “Mime you are trapped in a box”,.... While they are reacting to these prompts, the patrons are being recorded by a camera in the first room, and the video is being sent over a computer network to the second room. The second room is a larger open space, with multiple patrons. The video files being recorded downstairs are being randomly projected onto a wall in the second room in a 2x2 configuration; pairings of random user generated videos from the first room. The second room occupants watch and react to the patterns, or chaos of the pairings. Sometimes symmetry of motion occurs, sometimes a dissonance of reactions occur. Again, the viewers are deceived. When they turn around to leave the viewing room they find that being projected on the wall behind them is another video being recorded of the room they are currently in, in the pattern of the golden spiral. The viewers are being displayed reacting to the actions on the first wall, with a series of video delays, allowing them to watch every aspect of their mannerisms six times over. Each delay occurs in increasing amounts of time, each repetition in a smaller window.

The piece explores Benoit Mandelbrot’s ideas on chaos and fractals. Things that have seemingly no meaning from one perspective may have an order incomprehensible by some one in the process, but from a different vantage point things start to take shape, a pattern. When a user enters the first room with the prompts, they have no idea of the consequence their actions hold. When actuality they are producing a long series of events which start to take shape only on the third wall’s projection. As they go through the installation they go from something as small as a gesture, to viewing themselves over a 20 second period of time all at once, effectively inserting the viewer into a system they do not understand, but eventually into the position of total awareness.

The installation holds some interesting contradictions. The image of chaos is represented by prerecorded video material, something generally considered to be a constant. Once recorded and viewed, it is predictable, but because of the random playback function and random pairings, the whole screen shows something totally disorderly. Likewise, the second wall is being broadcast live from the room; live video being something associated with unpredictability as the future can not be for told, but the video delays force the actions of the room into a pattern. The viewer sees themselves as they are but over 20 seconds and reacting to themselves moving and watching themselves.