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The Ghost of Time at ITP Show, NYU, 2002

The Ghost of Time

The Ghost of Time
The Ghost of Time
The Ghost of Time
The Ghost of Time
The Ghost of Time
 

The Ghost of Time, 2002

The Ghost of Time was my Master Thesis Project created under the supervision of Professor Kathleen Wilson at the Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Ghost of Time is an interactive expression of time and space based on the history of Eastern European castle called The Piast Castle from Opole, Poland. The project reflects on the historical changes of Eastern Europe and brings the viewer in "first person" to experience these changes. The viewer is able to travel through the virtual grounds of the castle with the help of a magnetic sensor which serves as an interface for the installation and enables the viewer to observe the history of the castles from different perspectives.  A single viewer may also experience differently the changes each time he or she interacts with the installation.

The Ghost of Time is my reflection on how subjectively the history in general is viewed, often under the influence of "higher ideologists and values". It is also my reflection on how little has changed in that regard and how strong the communicating medium still is. Whether we refer to today's technology or paper and ink in the past, the one who has the ability to record the information becomes the creator of the past.

The original installation of The Ghost of Time consisted of the following components:

  • Interactive 3D environment created in Macromedia's Director 8.5
  • Polhemus' magnetic sensor Isotrak II, which sends the 3D coordinates through the serial connection to Director. The sensor is mounted on the bottom of a snow globe
  • Rear projection onto a semi-transparent fabric mounted on the mirror frame
  • Old cabinet drawers on which the snow globe rests

Credits

Design and Development: Przemyslaw J. Moskal
Music: Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 by Frederic Chopin,
Performed by Nina Kuzma-Sapiejewska.

Exhibitions and Presentations:

  • Part of a group exhibition at the ITP Winter Show, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 2002
  • Exhibition at The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in NYC, 2003

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