Displacements is an immersive film installation. An archetypal
Americana living room was installed in an exhibition space. Then
two performers were filmed in the space using a 16mm motion picture
camera on a slowly rotating turntable in the rooms center.
After filming, the camera was replaced with a film loop projector
and the entire contents of the room were spray-painted white. The
reason was to make a projection screen the right shape for projecting
everything back onto itself. The result was that everything appears
strikingly 3D, except for the people, who of course werent
spray-paint white, and consequently appeared very ghostlike and
Displacements was produced three times between 1980 and 1984. By the third time, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1984, it was done.
Twenty-one years later, in 2005, my long-time friend and colleague Brenda Laurel cajoled me into a redux. The young couple in the original living room are now middle age with a teenage daughter. Mom is still pensive, Dad still watches TV, and the daugther is curious. Displacements 2005 was shot and projected in digital video rather than 16mm film, which, it turns out, was much more challenging.
Unusual Projection Spaces"
Presence journal, Special Issue on Projection, MIT Press, 14.5,
"Displacements," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San
"Movie Room," Center for Advanced Visual Studies, M.I.T.,
"Beyond Object," Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 1980
Concept and Production: Michael Naimark
Special Advisors: Patty Graves and Bob Armstrong
Performers: Madelyn Morton and JC Garrett
Photography: Scott Fisher
Supported by the MIT Council for the Arts, the NEA Media Arts Fellowships,
the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Arts of the SF
MOMA, and Austin Conckey.
Thanks to Stephen Nowlin, Julian Goldwhite, Peter Lunenfeld, Nikolaus
Hafermaas, and Nate Young; Peter Di Sabatino, Brenda Laurel, and
Katelyn McDougle; Matthew Biederman, Bernie Lubell, Matt McKissick,
and Ludmil Trenkov; and Mark Bolas, Paul Debevec, and special thanks
to Perry Hoberman
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