Philip Ocampo & Sophia Oppel
Found objects, projection, TV monitor
In her 2013 talk “The Photographic Universe” at the New School, Hito Steyerl discusses the contemporary desire to “camouflage” to ones surroundings. Steyrel argues that as our surroundings are largely augmented and hyper real, to camouflage is to essentially become a walking video installation.
#0000ff activates peripheral everyday objects that are the color of screen blue. Because of their color, these objects have the potential to be chroma-keyed out in digital space, and exist as unused bluescreens. For us, the ubiquitous quality of these objects became a metaphor for the ubiquity of digital environments, and their physical ramifications in our lived experiences. This piece blurs the line between virtual space and physical space, creating an environment inhabited by two assemblages that mirror each other: Blue objects appear invisible (white against a white room) on a monitor positioned in front of them, while white/clear objects appear blue through a projection mapped video. The projected video amalgamates found footage of chroma-key blue screens and projections, such as “no signal” messages. In blurring the lines between these two assemblages (turning the blue white and the white blue through digital processes), the piece attempts to deconstruct the false binary that is created between “real” and “virtual.”