Small Global

Small Global is an interactive video installation with surround sound that translates data about global interdependence, consumption and its environmental costs into an immersive environment. Multiple layers of transparent screens create an invisible cube of projected images, with the projections echoing onto the walls, ceiling and floor of the space. Members of the audience can walk around and inside the cube, their bodies becoming part of the projection surfaces. Surround sound immerses the space, and interaction sensors allow visitors to reveal visual information with their presence. Small Global signifies a global interdependence that often goes unnoticed in an environment saturated with marketing messages, which precisely these messages are designed to make us forget: The production of the goods we consume can have devastating consequences in parts of the world that we might not even be aware of.

Originally commissioned in 2005 by Eyebeam (NYC) with 2 modules dealing with deforestation and mobile phone production, we worked with academics from the School of Advanced Study, University of London in 2013 to create the 3rd module about Extreme Energy extraction methods such as tar sands mining and shale gas fracking. This was premiered at Bloomsbury Festival in London.

Small Global has been shown internationally and in a range of settings, from exhibitions in shopping malls in China, in galleries in Argentina, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Germany, to the Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury Festival. Small Global has also been published in two books: Atlas: Geography, Architecture and Change in an Interdependent World (Black Dog Publishing), and Art and Politics Now (Thames and Hudson).