Communication, telepresence. Always watching each other, looking at the screen. Happening in the view of all present. Surveillance as communication. Surveillance as possibly intimate encounter or fun activity. Image and communication as main forms of creating contact, getting to know each other, exploring possibilities.
In works like Hole in Space (Galloway and Rabinovitz, 1980) and In Conversation (Collins, 1997) there is an interest in space as public, remote, real and virtual. Connecting people but also connecting spaces or connecting with particular spaces. Making holes in space. Sometimes via broadcast, other times via networked communication. Making self visible, or making self present through voice. Projecting people, bodies in space, and communicating with others, bodies on the other site. Exploring the voice in public. In the documentation of the Hole in Space there is flirting coast to coast and playing charades. In In Conversation the interface user present online is represented on the street as an image of lips that speak to those passing by.
In Conversation (1997), Susan Collins, source http://inconversation.com/
Learning how to be present otherwise, when the body is not really there, yet there is a shared space that is experienced. Collins recognises how such situations are often about ‘verifying a truth of the situation’, an act that ‘takes over from the original intention of the communication’ (Collins, 2001).
To experience something for the first time, to repeat it, to make it everyday. Reality intervention and verification of event.