Conversation August 2007

Using a drawing tablet, a viewer draws a path through multiple layers of conversation. Pressure on the drawing tablet causes the line to vary in width and the video to become lighter and darker, fading out completely when the user stops drawing. The layers were constructed from recordings of interviews, organized by theme. The themes range from ideas about what people imagine when speaking, to how technology and culture affect communication. The relationships between the images and the dialogue change as different audio and video clips are paired. Sometimes the video literally illustrates the topic being discussed. At other times, it reflects my perception of the structure, movement, or direction of the underlying thought process.

The mapping of pressure to brightness reinforces the connection between the physical act of drawing and the navigation through the video. Drawing a line allows the user to filter the information through a physical process and to quickly cut between different viewpoints.

Conversation, 2007
Video Documentation