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.'
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.