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Casa (House), multimedia/interactive installation, Municipalidad de Miraflores, Lima, 2000. (© José Carlos Martinat) Casa rescues an inhabited space that has been associated with my family's history for 70 years. My grandfather lived in this space from childhood. He grew up and then formed a family there, converting the building afterwards into his workshop. I lived a few meters away during my childhood.
This project was done in that same house and was divided into two wings:
Wing 1: This wing was the starting point of the installation, an obscure interior containing 65 colored pictures, which included individual and serial images forming a route. One then confronts a closed door, which yet allows one to see inside the room behind it, in which there is a TV set placed so that the viewer cannot watch the images it broadcasts, but can hear two audio streams: one from the TV (a soap opera) and the other from the environment (the sound of crying).
Wing 2: A dark interior, consisting of three rooms. Here, the visitor, with the help of a flashlight, interacts freely with the space, finding in each room different feelings instilled by the use of video projections, audio that is activated with the help of sensors, odors and the placement of objects in the rooms. [End Page 361]