Bypasser is a window-based intervention set in the context of a shopping centre or high street shopping area. The work links the movement of passers by to the motion of a moving panorama back-projected onto a shop window.
Normally when one travels, it is the traveller who moves whilst the background remains static. Bypasser inverts this relationship in an ironic manner by creating a situation where the background moves in synchronisation with the speed and direction of the walker.
In Bypasser the projection depicts a series of shop-fronts from the surrounding area that have been filmed as a tracking shot, i.e. a view of the shops whilst moving along a pavement/concourse, as a pedestrian might see when walking through the shopping centre.
Concealed sensors on the outside of the shop detect the speed and direction of passers-by and send this information to control the speed and direction of the video playback.
The installation takes its inspiration from the moving panoramas of the nineteenth century used to document the new landscapes discovered by explorers of the British Empire and the American Frontier.
Bypasser references these moving panoramas and reinterprets them in a contemporary context. Instead of focusing on the vast territories, the work highlights the everyday terrain and pedestrian actions of consumers as they pass through a local shopping centre. The viewer is implicit in the motion of the background rather than passively watching a panorama controlled by a third party.
2010 Chelmsford, Essex.
2010 Stone Squid Gallery, Hastings.
Comissioned and supported by:
Oxford City Council
Stone Squid Gallery