Emily’s Video (2012)

Emily’s Video compiles viewers’ reactions while watching a mysterious, apparently horrible, video. The viewers represent a random selection of volunteers who replied to our online call. Participants were visited in their homes by a girl named Emily (hence the title) who would show them the video and record their reaction with a webcam. We later destroyed the original video, which had been sourced from the ‘Darknet’, and created a video with the reactions edited in sequence.


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Installed at Carroll/Fletcher, London



When exhibiting the work we emphasize the idea of the screen as a mirror for the viewer. To achieve this, the video is displayed on a large vertical monitor leaning on a wall. The monitor is located where visitors can only see the back of it upon entering. The image occupies just a third of the monitor, turning the rest of the screen into a black mirror. Viewers come around the side of the monitor only to realize their own reflection watching themselves watching other people watching…




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Projection, Nitehawk Cinema, New York










John Menick, “A report on the City”






Commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK