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Michael Naimark «Be now here» | Be now here (installation view)
Michael Naimark, «Be now here», 1995 – 2002
Be now here (installation view) | Photograph: Christoph Dohrmann | © Michael Naimark

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United States | laserdisc-based stereoscopic projection, 4-channel audio, rotating floor, input pedestal | Concept: Michael Naimark | Director: Michael Naimark | Camera: Richard Hollander | Sound: Jim McKee / Earwax Productions | Software: Wayne Burdick ; Amee Evans (Graphics); Pierre St. Hilaire (3D Projection) | Hardware: Bernie Lubell,Joe Ansel, Ansel Associates, Mill Valley (Installation); Christoph Dohrmann (Technology) | Schnitt: Charles "Bud" Lassiter (Video) | Edition / Production: Interval Research Corporation, Palo Alto, CA (USA); UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris (F)

 Michael Naimark
«Be now here»

«Be Now Here» is an installation about (access to) landscape, public spaces, and the experiencing of those spaces through an immersive virtual environment. By wearing 3-D glasses, visitors see recorded imagery from public plazas on the UNESCO World Heritage Centre's list of endangered places: Jerusalem, Dubrovnik, Timbuktu, and Angkor.

»For production, a unique recording system was built consisting of two 35mm motion-picture cameras (for 3D, one for each eye) mounted on a rotating tripod. Be Now Here is an extension of several media trajectories. One is of enhanced cinematic representation, such as the Imax-sized projections of the Lumiere brothers in 1900 and the 3-screen triptychs of Abel Gance's Napoleon in 1927. Another is of non-narrative cultural activism, such as the films of Godfrey Reggio and Tony Gatlif. But Be Now Here also points forward: as a simulation of what net cinema can be; it is both a regard and a provocation.«


Michael Naimark