In a city constantly moving forward and erasing its relationship with the past, this video installation flips that experience by re-inserting the past into the present. Comprised of two video monitors in two storefronts directly across the street from one other, this installation displays synchronized surveillance camera views recorded from the previous seven days. Scenes from Last Week: W14th St creates a perceptual trip wire into the past, intended to reawaken our senses to the randomness and ritual in our daily environment.
Scenes from Last Week: W14th St is a new work by media artist Andrew Demirjian in collaboration with Art in Odd Places and the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center where he is currently an artist in residence. In this work, surveillance – a constant yet hidden aspect of daily life in New York City – is made apparent, uncovering the archeology of the everyday. The hashtag #sflw is being used on Twitter for passersby to post their photos and comments on the work. The Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/sflw/