- Part of...Liverpool Biennial 2006
- Gallery 2
In her installations, net art pieces, videos, performances and interventions in public spaces, Shilpa Gupta aims at integrating art and life through audience participation. In this new work for Gallery 2, Gupta uses computer vision technology to capture the audience's silhouette and integrate it into a story. The silhouette is processed in the computer and superimposed onto the narrative, triggering different episodes. This interactive picture book is then projected onto the wall. The visitor is invited to dive into Gupta's account of the world around us, with interrupted connections, migratory histories and fluid, volatile cultural maps. The story refers to unexpected, imposed change, confusion, and freedom frustrated by borders.
"I walk on the street and the street walks with me
The houses change but the trees don't look so different
Is it a new house on my street?
Or did I walk into a new street?
The bird flies through me
Someone tries to dance with me
And as I stand and watch, a house falls
I watch a house fall
And hear sounds of glass breaking
The house falls and falls
It falls on me
It grows on me
I run from it
But still the house falls
Houses are falling from the sky
Shilpa Gupta, July 2006