Lowtekvision

LTV (lowtekvision) consists of a special reading device‬ for people with low vision that by a close-circuit television set blows up texts on a screen, and a kinetic machine* that spins disks on three separated axes that rotate in different speed/direction. Placing the machine under the video camera of the device generates a motion image on the screen. The user can control the speed, and like choosing a record according to musical genres, select discs from a library of diverse shapes and patterns, classified according to visual genres.

Once an expensive high-tech novelty, the device formerly helped my deceased grandfather compensate for his low vision. He used it strictly for reading and could never tolerate applying it for the playful testing of how various objects appear on the screen. In its afterlife, the device exposes a ubiquitous short sightedness, rendering users of every generation blind to other potential (mis)uses of technology. LTV demonstrates a transition from reading to interacting, from the printed text to the moving image. While exposing a generational gap in perception it goes beyond another, the gap between the live physical moving performer and the mediated image, animated by video. The image and the object from which it originates coexist in LTV, advancing a mode of experiencing them both in real-time. To further manifest liveness the installation could also be extended to a VJ performance.

*Mechanical engineer: Boaz Katz