Being Ignored 1.0
Being Ignored Version 1.0 is a site specific installation to recognize the dignity and humanity of those who are homeless, being invisibly treated, and ignored, in Porter County, Indiana, which is relatively a wealthy county, compared with neighboring counties in Indiana. The artwork, Being Ignored Version 1.0, experiences the moment being ignored. The computer screen displays real- time images captured through the web camera installed invisibly on the top of the computer screen. As viewers move toward the screen, the web camera captures the viewer’s self- portrait and display it on the computer screen. The computer code eliminates the viewer’s facial expression to convey the concept of being avoided and rejected. The visual style was inspired by Impressionism, which is a 19th-century art movement that captures a moment, such as Claude Monet’s Sunrise, and Expressionism, expressing inner troubles and feelings of anxiety rather than technical skills or beauty, a traditional goal of art.