Coproduction of Street Vision Ltd. and ZKM
MetaPlex is a navigable virtual space containing
different types of audible and visual titles. These include still
and moving images and interactive computer artworks. The projected
imagery of the installation results from the viewers' actions as
well as from stored titles.
Viewers traverse the virtual space using simple hand controls, encountering
the contents as a collection or, upon closer inspection, at high
resolution. It is possible to move quickly from the
beginning to end of a film as well, using the same control; to locate
a particular shot in any of the titles or to view them at normal
speed. The perceived location of sounds, such as the sound-track
of a video, moves around the real installation space according to
viewers' movements about the virtual space: sounds emanating from
behind and to the sides sustain a sensory presence even when they
are out of view.
MetaPlex enables more than browsing a collection of film
and video art: rather, viewers move in a »meta-medium«
within which the frames of a film can be navigated as easily as
the space of a building - like Malraux's Musée Imaginaire
- a museum without walls.