Shadow Bag (2005)
As a viewer walks within the beam of an interactive projection, Shadow Bag captures his shadow and re-projects it onto a screen with unpredictable variation. Sometimes there is no response: the projector acts merely as a light source casting the viewer’s true shadow; sometimes a disembodied copy of the viewer’s shadow comes immediately towards him from the other side; at other times, the shadow follows him, often without his knowledge. The responding shadow might be the viewer’s, and at other times someone who came before. Occasionally when a viewer touches one of these disembodied shadows, it collapses like a corpse. The title of the work refers to Carl Jung’s use of shadow as a psychological term to describe our repressed and unconscious selves.
Art Interactive, Boston, Massachusetts, 2005