1K film light, wallpaper, audio, speakers, mechanical system, motion detector
Ernie’s (You Can See Her There) is a reconstruction of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo when Scottie sees Madeleine for the first time at Ernie’s restaurant. Madeleine pauses for a moment behind him lingering in profile framed by ornate red wallpaper as the music swells. Hitchcock’s scene creates a hyper-subjective image of the perfect woman fused with longing.
This interactive installation explores Hitchcock’s atmosphere of desire through the mechanics of cinema by stripping away the character and camera leaving only setting, lighting, and music. Ernie’s suggested here by red damask wallpaper and ambient restaurant sound awaits the viewer. The viewer’s movement activates a motion sensor cueing music to play as the spotlight shines. The installation performs a cinematic experience spatially for the viewer punctuated by music and light.
*This work was first exhibited as part of the Madeleine exhibition.
Technical Fabrication: Kevin Crooks
Music: Appropriated excerpts from Bernard Hermann's score of the film Vertigo
Special Thanks: Michael Underwood