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Interactive installation by David Pledger and Jeffrey Shaw

Year: 2004, 27.5 mins
Code: NY-Eaves
ISBN: 978-1-922007-15-5

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David Pledger and Jeffrey Shaw, world-renowned pioneer of interactive cinema, push the cinematic and the theatrical imaginary in this extraordinary new work. Presented in a 360-degree purpose-built cinematic environment, 10 people forever repeat a certain 9 minutes of their lives.

Exploring terrain that is at once spiritual, moral, ethical, psychological and physical, this ingeniously crafted artwork is driven by any member of the public who, as the free radical user-director, reveals the secrets embedded in the interconnected stories.
Through its operational interactivity,

Eavesdrop opens up a continuum of possibility, potential and proposition. There are no full stops, no grand gestures. Only forward movement. The user's interaction with the material and the viewing audience creates a communal imagination of the actual and the virtual, a portal from what is to what might be.
Eavesdrop is a Rubik's cube of cinematic experience, a kind of jigsaw story-puzzle. Part game, part real-time film-making, part spectator sport, part magical realism, Eavesdrop will open up the user and the viewer to new ways of looking at old forms, progressive pathways to interactivity and an alternative mode of visual discourse.
The video gives you a taste of navigating through the installation, with rudimentary audio and chapter options which can be used on your remote control. It includes the complete scenes and a 3D fly through the whole installation.



NYID Entry Working under the artistic direction of David Pledger, not yet it's difficult (NYID) is one of Australia's leading independent arts companies recognised as as a pioneer in the development of contemporary theatre, art form hybridisation, creative utilisation of new media, cross-cultural dialogue and new models of international collaboration.

Over the long term, the company has developed seminal dramaturgical strategies for applying a unique methodological approach to the research, development and making of physical performance. From the mid-1990s, the company led the way in the integration of media in live performance and, in its most recent phase, it has created screen-based visual art projects in which a performative element is integrated into the artwork through lo and hi-tech, and interactive modes of presentation. These development streams are not mutually exclusive. They flow in parallel and often intersect causing change and evolution, developing an oeuvre that is distinctive, innovative and adventurous. This dedicated approach has placed NYID at the forefront of experimental companies in the independent international arts scene.

In Australia, NYID have led the challenge to mainstream representations of culture in society and forged Asian-Australian engagements where they have originated workable systems for complex international artistic collaborations. The consistent and profound engagement with Asia features projects of exchange, collaboration and co-production in Korea, China, Japan and Malaysia. The company has also developed and/or presented work in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Slovenia, Hawaii, Brazil, England and Ireland.

Founded in 1995 by Pledger, Peter Eckersall and Paul Jackson, NYID have produced almost 50 local, national and international projects including original performance works, plays, public space projects, workshop and research programs, interactive cinema, television and site-specific screen-based installations.


2002 Victorian Green Room Awards
Best Supporting Actress, Vivienne Walshe

"..a highly engaging interactive cinematic artwork" The Australian

Block Gallery QUT Brisbane 2004 (World Premiere)
ACMI Melbourne International Festival of the Arts 2004 
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Festival 2005

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