The Voice Over Project: Jack's Drive In
SITE SPECIFIC SOUND INSTALLATION
a viewer's reality to a moment of cinema. To create a wholly
immersive environment which occurs outside the normal flow of
time. Disrupting the perspective of an unsuspecting viewer from
the first to the third person.
You are seated, quite literally, on a park bench. You are watching
the sun set, the birds rustle the trees, and the cars drive
by. You are eating fries and a slider (what they call small
greasy hamburgers in this part of NY) and drinking a Coke. You
are taking part in the American summer ritual of eating dinner
at a roadside diner. Everything is as it should be.
you hear a voice coming mysteriously from nowhere. It is a narrative,
a text about the "Architecture of the Hamburger and how it forms
a reflection of ourselves". Without warning this invisible "voice
over" causes your perspective to shift. You are now outside
of yourself, observing your environment instead of experiencing
it. The invisible narrative, happening as a voice over would
in cinema, informs you somehow about yourself. Suddenly there
is a self-realization about why you have come to a place like
this and what purpose this ritual serves in our culture. This
event, which occurs seemingly out of time, places you in history
and in culture. You have come here for an early dinner, to eat
outside, to do something that people do in the summer. You are
now doing more than just eating, you are understanding. Switching
roles from a participant of ritual, to one who understands it.
Drive In was one execution of The Voice Over Project. Each location
this piece is installed has its own text and voice over.