Related to Life: A User’s Manual
Black Leather Projector Purse is a modified ladies purse with handheld projector connected to battery that allows you to walk through the city and project on its surfaces.
It was built for and used within two Life: a user’s manual performances, a series of walking performances which took place in Nottingham and Berlin, where live surveillance was intercepted and projected back onto the architectural skin of the city. Various juxtapositions and compositions were created from hybrid mixtures of physical and projected, interior and exterior, public and private spaces.
During a performance in Kreuzberg, a district in Berlin, live video from the entrance of the SPD, or Social Democrat Party headquarters was intercepted and then re-projected onto different city surfaces. Starting on the sidewalk, the image migrated onto the front jacket of one of the audience members so that the accompanying crowd witnessed a live image of the standing crowd projected back onto the body of one of crowd’s members. As the performance progressed, live video of two women talking in a cafe was projected into an empty store front and city street scenes were integrated onto a building wall covered with graffiti depicting city buildings.