The launch date for I in the Sky is set for March 4th 2008. The installation will run for 2 months.
I in the Sky is an installation created by artist Raul Vincent Enriquez and presented by chashama. The work comprises a street-level photo-booth paired with the Condé Nast Lumacom screen at 4 Times Square in New York City. The Lumacom will broadcast digital self-portraits taken by photo-booth visitors and then animated by the artist to resemble flip-book images. Photo booth designed by Michael Casselli.
I find portraits to be a timeless and accessible art form. The flip-book-style images I've been creating for years are moving image portraits derived from series of digital photographs. In each portrait, several photos are sequenced and animated, framed to create the impression of extreme eye contact.
Eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication which has a pervasive influence on social behavior. Advertisers have long exploited this fact. When a face (whether in person -- or on TV, in a magazine or on a billboard) is looking at you, it is nearly impossible to not look back and make some form of connection. This looking-back creates a lasting impression; my goal and the goal of this installation is to foster this interaction.