A critically acclaimed interactive artwork created during work with residents in a high-security mental hospital. A simple single-screen projection features the bodies of residents - eerie self-portraits created by pressing their bodies against scanners. Touching their scars triggers their stories of self-damage and pain; an embodied history. Viewers can navigate across many bodies, painfully aware of their responsibility in which wounds they choose to probe. A piece of great depth and breadth, a far cry from the simplistic point and click of many single-screen works.
Harwood is a British artist with a history of graphic novels and political cartooning. Rehearsal of Memory has been shown at the Montreal ISEA festival, and Videopositive festival.
Above is the original copy from 1996. Below is additional material:
Mongrel group (Harwood is a member)