Dallas developer, Billingsley Company, commissioned a large-scale interactive work, entitled, From Here, for the entrance of their One Arts Plaza building. One Arts Plaza is situated in the heart of Dallas’ Arts District in Texas. The building is located on the museum campus opposite the Dallas Museum of Art.

From Here, One Arts Plaza

From Here, Billingsley Company, One Arts Plaza

Focusing on the phenomenon of how multiple observers can experience the same thing, experience, space or time and come away with separate and distinct memories, two independent video-memory works are installed in the entrance of One Arts Plaza. Two large video walls face the entrance to the building. Each video wall pulls from video files recording video captured via high-definition camera. They both began recording at the same time and will establish their own unique memory of that space over the next eight years.

Visualizing Memory in Architecture

From Here, Billingsley Company, One Arts Plaza

Chicago-based artist Lincoln Schatz has been drawing attention with his large-scale generative art installations that visualize memory. The artist has recently been commissioned by Dallas developer Billingsley Company to create one of the largest new media works ever installed in a public space. Due to open on March 29, Schatz’s Collision of Memory will be a permanent installation that flanks each side of the entrance to the elevator area of One Arts Plaza, a $125 million multiuse structure, the first of four residential and office buildings on over 10 acres at the eastern edge of the Dallas Arts District. From that moment onwards, two high definition cameras will record the edifice’s lobby activity, on a daily basis, during a minimum of 8 years. Selected according to specific chance operations, segments of the footage will be displayed on two 9 x 9 foot video walls in four overlapping layers: one from the last two minutes and three from a distant time period. While standing between the two screens, viewers will see themselves along with visual memories of that place.

Continuously washing over one another in painterly portraits of individuals and the surrounding environment, these images relate past and present in uncanny ways, creating a non-linear impression of history.

By Miguel Amado, Rhizome.org | February 7, 2007