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Agnes Hegedüs :: Between the Words [1995]

This installation constitutes a specific modality of remote communication between two persons where facial expression and hand gestures are its essential agencies. Two people face each other through an opening in a wall where an optical system of semi-transparent mirrors allows computer generated virtual images to appear in the space between them. On each side of the wall there are holes where the viewers put their hands to manipulate multi-axis joysticks, which control two pairs of virtual hands. In this way the two viewers enjoy visual communication with each other via the metalanguage of gestural permutations.
- Agnes Hegedüs -

Type of Work
Interactive installation

Credits
· Concept and realization: Agnes Hegedüs
· Application software: Sebastian Egner
· Application hardware: Nelissen Dekorbouw and Bossinade Lightworks
· Production: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media in co-production with the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn [D], the Ars Electronica, Linz [A], and the Netherlands Design Institute, Amsterdam [NL]

Hardware
2 Silicon Graphics Indigo 2
2 Space mice

Software
custom software

ZKM-department
· Institute for Visual Media

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Agnes Hegedüs: »Between the Words« [1995] / Interactive installation
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