The first entry in the FLASHBACK series is the piece "Turn", aka the funbox. Back in the year 2000, Amy Broderick was a masters thesis student at MICA in Baltimore and was one of 10 artists awarded a "Viewing Station" to be publically displayed as part of the annual Artscape festival. The artists were issued a plywood box, approximately 4'x4'x8' and solid on all sides except for a Plexiglas panel in one of the vertical faces; the requirements were to install drawings in the box for "90, 180, or 360 degree viewing". This opportunity to challenge the frame and manipulate the connection between 2d drawing and three dimensional space was the inspiration which lead the project to evolve into a collaboration between Amy, who was working on large drawings with ink on paper at the time, and Thom, who was working in architecture. The idea was to put the viewer inside the box, and the drawing outside. Further, the viewer would have to interact with the drawing - to touch it and pull it around the box, to turn it- in order to see it in its entirety.The funbox became a sort of spectacle at the festival. It was amusing and surprising to watch people line up to enter it while the masses surrounded it...the viewers inside and out becoming the objects of attention. Even more amusing and surprising was watching people put their hands inside the rubber gloves we installed... totally nasty; those things reeked of crab cakes in no time!
I intend to post a video i made of this thing in action on funhaus.net. stay tuned.