I remembered that Nikki talking about the hole in the hand illusion. I tried recording a snatch of video of my son Hal and then playing it back in the viewfinder while keeping the other eye open. The recorded and live image merged seamlessly; it really felt like he was there, yet when I closed the eye looking through the viewfinder, he disappeared, and that was thrilling.
Clara and I went to the Coldean site so that she could relate the ideas I was talking about with the site itself. She understood why my instinct is to have no live performer in the site.
I recorded footage of her walking there and played it back in the viewfinder. It still worked! The recorded and live overlap in a great way. I’m really excited about this idea.
Notes: camera viewfinder/ hole in the hand illusion works as a way of doing augmented reality or of mixing real and fiction, live and recorded
Watching footage of Clara in the viewfinder walking forwards facing you, she seems to be walking at a standstill/on the spot/backwards
Watching footage of the figure in the viewfinder from a still camera position works better than watching while walking.
Q: wearable or handheld?
A:One-eyed cardboard viewfinder/video goggle that is also a camera so you can look/see through when there is nothing to see.
Q: how to you cue the participant to look the vid?
We looked at door viewers but the angle is too wide to merge with how our eyes see.
We did mirror signalling from dusk to dark. Interesting, but not for this project as it somehow implies presence of another person and I want the person to be in solitude.