Un-contextualized is a piece that aims to create a forced empathy between the viewer and the situations displayed. The viewer, removed of their characteristics, is left only with his human-like shape, which is now shared with the characters in the abusive situations.
This project hopes to challenge stereotypes that might affect how we perceive abusive relationships. How do we should engage in a conversation where we are able to realize we might need help.
An iMac computer and a Kinect camera welcome the viewer, giving an automatic reading of that person, a reading of only its silhouette. But after several seconds, as the viewer gets used to his interaction with the piece, this mirrored experience is interrupted by different clips of abusive situations. However, those people in the videos are not different from the viewer: they are un-differentiable from each other. A forceful call for empathy.
Because of the immediate outcome of the captures taken with the depth camera, it makes it an extraordinary tool to link the viewer with the subject of the main piece. In this piece, the result will not only be the figure of the viewer transforming itself into one of the shapes that appear in the videos, but also the people who move behind will be visible replications of those performing.
THE GIFS
For more information about the installation, visit: nklehr.wix.com/uncontextualized

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