14 November - 13 December 1998
Halo is a multi-screen interactive video projection and ‘real-time’ computing installation by artist Simon Biggs, with sound-scape by Stuart Jones and choreography by Sarah Rubidge. Recorded by many as a “disorientating experience”, this haunting and playful work activated its own behavioural patterns in response to visitors’ movements. Through powerful high-resolution video projectors and computers with infra-red remote visual sensing systems, interaction between the figures on the screens and the visitors was prompted. Naked life-size figures slowly moved on the screens, walking along the ground, but the viewers’ presence as a catalyst incited abrupt changes in the behaviour of the cyber dancers. As if attracted and repulsed into a gravity well, the figures started flying into their own orbit, being pulled down or up, dissolving. At the same time text ran on the screen, coming from nowhere, going nowhere, contributing to an enigma of ambiguity. Originally taken from William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the text displayed was transformed into new forms through an interactive ‘grammar engine’ programmed by the artist himself.
In 1997 Fabrica arranged the notorious talking mouth on the pavement outside the gallery. In 1998 visitors found themselves surrounded by images of flying human figures swirling around their heads.
Acclaimed multimedia artist SImon Biggs used video projection and ‘realtime’ computing, to create a series of moving digital images of human figures. The figures float around the old church building in which Fabrica is housed; swirling through and around one another like spirits.
Halo interacted with any number of viewers at any one time. As the viewer crossed the video beam, the figures appeared to be magnetically pulled into his or her presence, rotating around their head. The ultimate effect being a large halo composed of rings of iridescent flying human figures, spinning faster and faster around the viewer’s head.