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Tom Kogut
Brooklyn, NY
Website: tomkogut.com
Neighborhood: Greenpoint

Genre:Interactive;


ARTIST STATEMENT: I took pictures of people on the subway with a concealed camera so they were unaware of my actions. After viewing the images on the computer I zoomed and cropped into peoples faces, leaving the rest of the body and background out of the image. The resulting image is very pixilated, low resolution and at times barely recognizable. To me this image is reminiscent of how I picture a memory in my head. Like when I try to remember the face of that person across the subway platform that I swore was staring at me this after noon but I just wasn’t sure, it is not quite clear, missing many details but the basic forms and colors of a face are there. Along with memory these images are similar to what we see in the news and media, usually the last image seen of someone when something bad happens. For example flyers in stores with shots of shoplifters in the act or more specifically in sept of 2009 when yale medical student annie le disappeared, the last image taken of her was from a building’s security camera. This low resolution shaky image is similar to some of the ones ive taken. They both share a strange unsettling feeling. This process of taking a small selection of a bigger image to remove most of its identifiable characteristics, and create something new inspired me to make a bigger project. I made an interactive electronic installation piece based around a live video image taken from a camera mounted in the middle of it. This image is downscaled to 8x10 pixels and is displayed on a grid of 8x10 leds. This project used a very intricate web of microcontrollers and several programming languages to perform a very basic action- take a larger complex image and simplify it. I feel the resulting image can be interpreted in several different ways, much like the rest of my work.
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