this is it, forever / Dennis Rosenfeld

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Taking as a starting point the cliché phrase, “I wish this moment could last forever,” this project attempts to extend the fleeting into the infinite. A never-ending, non-linear sequence of figures begins to cross the frame of the camera, heading out to some unspecified, neverarriving event. The longer the viewer watches the screen, the denser and livelier the crowd becomes. Figures move across one screen and then into another, all moving purposefully in the same direction. However, when the screen is left unwatched, the crowds slowly thin out and dwindle away down to an empty street. The video then presents the sense of an almostnever- quite-arriving event – a perfect moment and a glimpse of eternity that holds together only as long as the viewer cares to keep watching.

While at first glance, this is it, forever, appears to be a standard, linear video piece, it actually works in quite a different fashion. First, it is a non-looping video of infinite duration – a custom built computer program is continuously jumping and blending between cuts to create something that has no recognizable beginning or end, and is slightly different every time it is viewed. Second, the video is aware of and reacts to the viewer’s presence. In fact, the content of the video is dependent on the presence of the viewer, and when the viewing space is empty, the video becomes a static shot of an empty street.

September 14, 2012, 6:00pm - 12:00am
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Dennis Rosenfeld

lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, BC Canada


Dennis Rosenfeld is a Canadian artist and technology specialist currently living in Los Angeles. His work spans a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, electronics, and software. He is currently a graduate student at the UCLA Design/Media Arts program. He has been involved in new media projects for galleries, institutions and festivals including recently co-produced new media experiences for the Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2010 Cultural Olympiad, and CAM Raleigh (North Carolina). Much of his work can be characterized by an interest in the social and cultural effects of technology, global mobility, and life in the 21st century.