A group of Gallatin students in Professor Terry Culver’s spring semester course “Technology, Art and Public Space” created a collaborative artwork that was projected onto the façade of the Museum of Arts & Design on New York’s Columbus Circle on June 6, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Called Eye Contact, the project was shown during the opening of the exhibition Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities, which explores artists’ increasing interest in making small-scale, hand-built depictions of artificial environments. The works on view include models, dioramas, snow globes, installations, photographs and video.
In Eye Contact, live video footage of museum-goers’ eyes was captured as they looked into a box-like contraption to view a prerecorded montage of images of Columbus Circle. As the viewer watched the video, a live feed of the viewer’s eye was projected onto the façade of the museum. The interactive, five-story-tall projection incorporated the museum’s architecture to divide and combine the eyes of two different individuals.
The students in the class were Brian Berkovitz, Shraddha Borawake, Aaron Cohen, Mara Driscoll, Benjamin Fainlight, Maximilien Fortgang, Camila Guerrero, Justin Kim, Oriana Neidecker, Zooey Purdy, Nicole Stoddard, Erica Stine, Oscar Tews and Dominique Tibbs.