Grahame Weinbren

New York premiere of an interactive cinema work

512 West 19th Street
New York
November 9th 2002 to January 29th 2003
Opening Reception November 9th, 6 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 2 - 6
Closed December 22nd to January 1st

Grahame Weinbren's Frames is an interactive, three-screen projection work, using infra-red sensor arrays to detect user input, combined with randomly accessible video under computer control. It was commissioned by the NTT InterCommunications Center, a media museum in Tokyo, for its 1999 Biennial Exhibition. Frames uses Hugh Diamond's photographs -- the first photographs taken in a mental institution -- as a starting point for an examination of the relationship of photographer to subject in the representation of mental disorder. By pointing through hanging gilded frames at projected video images, a viewer gradually transforms young actors into 19th century madwomen. Frames suggests a bridge from the most recent technologies to the breakthrough technology of 150 years ago: black and white portrait photography.

Frames Production Credits

Originally commissioned by NTT InterCommunications Center, Tokyo
Sandra McLean
 Actors of the Juggernaut Theatre Company
Joseph  Breen, Carolyn  Corbett, Lisa Dove, Jennifer  Timm
 Costume Designer
Rebecca Roberts
 Makeup Artist
Ronit Yagel
 Principal Videographer
Ken Kobland
 Additional Videography (stairs)
Kimberley Hassett, Kiriko Shirobayashi
 Lead Programmer
Erwin Redl
 Electronic Design (dissolve unit)
Jim Campbell
 Frame Design and Construction
Eric Managian
 Technical Expertise
Dayoan Daumont, Nick Weiss
 Installation Assistance
Shin Il Kim, Juan Recamen
Hugh Diamond photographs courtesy Royal Society of Medicine
Texts adapted from John Connolly's "The Physiognomy of Insanity," The Medical Times and Gazette," 1858-1859


Frames is part of "Interactive Legends", an exhibition of interactive works by Grahame Weinbren, Camille Utterback, and Scott Snibbe curated by Christina Yang, media curator of the Kitchen.

The Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance and Literature is located in Chelsea at 512 West 19th Street, New York.

For information please call 212 255-5793.