Eric Forman is a New York-based artist and designer working with interactive installations and responsive sculptures. His work crosses the boundaries between fine art, design, and technology. Forman's creations employ modalities of interactivity not often found in dominant forms of new media: possessing the magical qualities of the new yet also subtle, slow, and thoughtful.
Surveillance usually entails distance, control, concealment, alienation. What happens when we allow an exchange between viewer, viewed, and voyeur? In total silence, the observer maintains eye contact with each participant, one after the other for one minute each. The participants may look at the viewer, the viewed, the moniter displaying the viewpoint of the observer, or even at each other. The nature of this spectacle, even when simultaneous, makes interaction seem hyper-real. Yet only the viewer and the current participant are experiencing direct, personal contact. The onset and fade of self-consciousness is broadcasted for all to see. Each interval becomes a subversive meditative exercise in genuine, non-mediated, communication.