Make Out

Shadow Box 8
"Make Out" is the eight piece in the Shadow Box series of interactive displays with a built-in computerized tracking system. This piece shows thousands of internet videos of couples looking at each other: as soon as someone stands in front of the display his or her silhouette is shown and all the couples within it begin to kiss. The massive array of make-out sessions continues for as long as someone is in front of the work, --as he or she moves away all the kissing ends.

The collector can choose what proportion of the videos are man-woman, woman-woman or man-man. The default state is the statistically faithful proportion of the videos that are online: 50 per cent woman-woman, 30 per cent man-man and 20 per cent man-woman.Periodically, the display shows all videos in the database simultaneously. The piece exists also as a large projection or as an installation with plasma screens. In these, the detected presence of passers-by triggers a wave of kissing in huge arrays of up to 8,000 simultaneous video clips.
Name in spanish: Sabroseos
Year of Creation: 2008
Technique: High resolution interactive display with built-in computerized surveillance system
Dimensions: 104,5 x 80 x 12 centimeters
Edition: 6 copies + 1 AP Shadow Box
3 copies + 1 AP Flatscreen
1 copy + 1 AP Treatment
Keywords: database, indoor, outdoor, tracker, projection, interactive.
Collections: Private collectors
Photo library (click to expand)
2012 - Galería OMR, Mexico City, México
2009 - Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York City, New York, United States (Plasma version)
2009 - Extra-Muros, Mutek Festival 10th anniversary, Red light district, Montréal, Québec, Canada
2008 - Antimodular Research



  • Conroy Badger - programming
  • Stephan Schulz, David Lemieux, Natalie Bouchard, Olfa Driss, Nicolas Martel, Jonathan Yu - production support