Put yourself in the picture
Familiar Features was begun during our SCANZ residency, and has been presented as a work-in-progress at Intimacy & Inyerface on 20 July 2006, and at the Dunedin Fringe Festival, on October 7 2006, as part of the Blue Oyster Gallery performance art series.
The work is inspired by the slogan, Take only photos, leave only footprints, from 1970s New Zealand tourism brochures, and explores notions of place, identity and tourism, and the ecological footprint of human existence. There are two parts to the performance: the first is situated in the cyberformance environment of UpStage, where both online and on-site audiences interact with four shadows in search of the perfect holiday destination. In the second part, audiences (online and on-site) enter into a web cam installation space that effectively puts them into the picture.