Television Begets Solitude: A NYC Artist Questions The Medium’s Pervasive Influence On Modern Culture

Television Begets Solitude: A NYC Artist Questions The Medium’s Pervasive Influence On Modern Culture

A new art installation invites viewers to witness the 'collective solitude of a remote, tv-watching nation.'

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 18 october 2011

Remote Nation is a public art installation lining New York City’s Highline Park housed in a vacant, newly minted apartment building. Artist Kevin Cooley creates a scenario where inhabitants of an entire high-rise apartment building appear to be watching the same television station simultaneously. Viewing from the outside in, spectators witness the ‘collective solitude of a remote, tv-watching nation.’

In the artist’s words:

Remote Nation evokes a physical manifestation of the abstract concept of a television audience. In deconstructing the process of how information is disseminated electronically, this project suggests a framework for a discussion of how technology can be simultaneously human and impersonal, and how it can bridge the gap of physical distance yet often fail to connect us as individuals.

Cooley’s first public art installation, Remote Nation is viewable every night from the new section of the elevated High Line Park north of West 23rd Street, and at street level on West 24th and 25th Streets, just west of 10th Avenue, until October 29, 2011


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