Push: the Quest for a Voice, In Search of a Body 「推」∶探尋嗓音、設置身體(中文版)

An Interactive, Digital Installation by Linda Lai and Theresa Junko Mikuriya

Official Selection for the Hong Kong Art Biennial 11.2003-03.2004 (Hong Kong Museum of Art 3F)

Technical Artists: Keith Lam, Ray Chan / Producer: County Tam

Push is a digital media installation which explores the repressed voices of women.  The viewer embarks upon a journey into a world of hidden menace and lurking dangers, a vacuum space where the woman’s voice is suppressed and her face obliterated.  The narrative unfolds into a succession of images and scenarios in which the viewer participates to set the trapped woman free and to help her claim her voice and body.

The viewing of a photograph is often a silent and contemplative event.  In Push, the photograph is no longer a still, impenetrable image but, instead, an enigmatic plastic surface of visual codes, paralleled by sounds and mobile texts of exegesis, digression, allusion, or even challenge.  A world of impermanence emerges, marking a space in which thoughts and yearnings require no physical body to persist.

The installation consists of a dark room lit only by the light emanating from the photographs projected on one side of the wall.  A keyboard, a mouse-sensor and a microphone allow the visitor-operator to interact with projected world through tactile movements.  The participants discover the world as well as their own navigation habits or patterns as they attempt to force through the unfolding narrative. This work is not an easy journey. It challenges the destination-oriented and pure functional use of the mouse for a quick click; it slows down the user in order that she will begin to discover what is on the surface of an image.

*Creative Text: literary paraphrase of the mouse-click journey by Linda Lai English][Chinese]

*Citation in the official catalogue of the HK Art Biennial 2003 [open]


Technical Description: parts + diagrams + system flow

"Push" is created with a combination of Flash Action Script and Director Lingo. The forward navigation is controlled by the "hidden buttons" located in different positions in each image; users need to find a key to move from one image area to the next. Each area has its own charateristic.
In the installation setup, we keep to the minimal: a computer box to disclose the computer, a pair of speakers, a projector and a screen. The four walls of the room are painted black. The projector is set 4 metres away from the screen, and the width of the projection is around 2 meters.

[Technical drawing and floor plan]

[Image-narrative design]





技術協力:林欣傑、陳志恆 / 監製:譚敏義