6×6 Emptiness Can Hold Things

2006-present. Multi-channel video/sound/scape. 83 minutes. The 13 minute video sequence LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP displayed here was recorded at Kiyomizu-dera.

Places—like stories, but different—are structures of communication and collective memory. A place is an organization, and memory is often an articulation of space. Something about space escapes our attempts to look at it from above.

Recorded in Kyoto at intervals and thresholds of an urban landscape, (6×6) EMPTINESS CAN HOLD THINGS improvises on techniques of polylinear perspective long practiced in Japanese painting and landscape design. Merging architectural space with cinematic construction, the objective is to invent and experiment with a cinematic language of place, captured in multiple perspectives and arranged with reference to a mobile viewpoint that is propelled by feet.

Download text » 6×6 Emptiness Can Hold Things: A Media Architecture Exploration in Multi-Stream Video Sound, 2012

Walk-in Theater, 2012.

With the goal of realizing this work in the physical dimensions of an installation, Strickland and sound designer Jim McKee collaborated with interaction designer Eric Gould Bear to devise a miniature experience that lets people preview the spatially distributed video environment in a 3D simulation with localized audio. The result is Walk-in Theater for iPhone and iPad, available for free download from the App Store.