In Brief

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.

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