TRIPWIRED - Graham Budgett 2002
Made for user-motion-tracking and projected installation in a set
architectural space [represented here by the red dotted rectangle
and activated by your cursor within it], this alternate web manifestation
of the interactive audio-visual environment, TRIPWIRED, originally posited
video of an intimate personal trip with randomly encountered internet radio
broadcasts streaming live in public space.
'CAMERA LUCIDA' by Rolande Barthes provided the 'studium' - or
general drift of meaning - for TRIPWIRED: the interaction of
public and private domains
. According to Barthes, any 'punctum',
of personal access for a user to an author's
work, is first felt
as incidental personal meaning,
consequently recognised as poignant
and only then perhaps
as significant. The punctum's point
, its personal poignancy, interrupts
narrative of the author's studium
. As Barthes
concluded in his essay, The Death of the Author
, "the life of the reader
is at the expense of the death of the author".
TRIPWIRED is similarly structured by the interference of
; preconfigured 'noise'
generates the montage or 'cut'. Your [mouse] movement in the
of TRIPWIRED triggers a stream of imagery and sound, but
no particular trajectory will restore coherent narrative structure
to this 'movie'.
TRIPWIRED offers no semantic closure, but an open public archive
constituted as a number of frames sampled at regular intervals from
an uncut miniDV cassette documenting a family trip to Northumbria,
in the north of England.