CHRIS COHEN

Photography – Infinite Cyclorama

I’ve created an infinitely scrolling and randomly updating collection of my photographs in an INTERACTIVE INTERFACE , which you can currently activate with the right and left arrows on a keyboard. It is not working yet for mobile screens without an external keyboard. This is coming soon. There are two concepts at work here. First, is the notion of the multiple-exposure photograph, which has a long history in photography from early use of the technique by charlatan paranormalists to the digital superimpositions in print and film that we all take for granted as special effects. The second is the Cyclorama, a Victorian, pre-cinema form of entertainment which, at its simplest was a monumental, whole or half, cylindrical (usually history) painting that in some famous instances also rotated around the central viewing area. My version of the cyclorama allows the user/viewer to engage with these representations of history, in particular in the layering of history that takes place through interaction with the Infinite Cyclorama, in ways that the more fixed original, in a historical and representational sense, allows for.