Today’s news cycle is immediate, providing live often unprocessed, up-to-the minute footage and commentary of the world’s events via a plethora of news and information sharing outlets.
With a simple click of your mouse, a tap on your smart-phone, or the switch of your remote you can access images and eyewitness reports from anywhere in the world.
Today’s breaking news is tweeted, blogged, YouTubed, streamed and shared minutely with very little editing or processing. The world of social media and portable recording and transmission devices has made it possible for ordinary people to become producers of news and citizen journalists.
While the availability and transmission of news from one part of the globe to the next makes it possible to hear and see reports and experience events as they unfold, it has yet to succeed in engaging viewers to interact and engage proactively with the world’s happenings as active agents of change rather than passive consumers.
Sacrifilmed is a commentary about the alienation experienced in a world where the news cycle is devoid of the human connection.
In this in-our-face installation viewers are confronted with the reality of a dying person, pierced by a large glass shard, bleeding on the ground before a screen portraying a herd of media vans and reporters preparing themselves for a story.
The members of the media remain unmoved and unaware of the scene unfolding a few feet from them.
The dying man pleads for help; meanwhile the reporters and members of the media continue to be preoccupied with their mundane tasks.
The installation will also include a twitter feed that will be projected on a nearly screen, viewers will be encouraged to participate in the creation of the news cycle by tweeting their personal reports and commentary about the scene that is unfolding before them.
The aim of the installation is to place the viewers inside the scene; the passerby’s become intermingled in the happening. Much like the media outlets they are placed in the situation of reacting or failing to react in response to the victim before them.
The interaction between the passerby’s and the dying man will also be streamed via a webcam placed in the corner of the installation. A screen projecting the streamed video footage will be placed at the exit door of the gallery – allowing the viewers to see themselves as part of the created news.