Spotted online, this art installation which – using my Geoguessr skills – I have found to have been located in Erzsébet Tér (Elizabeth Square) in Budapest, Hungary.
It’s a UHD TV display:
…with a camera on the back:
… and the image on the screen plays the pictures from that camera – but delayed for exactly six months.
Being in a park with all those trees and their pesky, photo-blocking summer leaves means that obviously, the whole scene changes completely. And then you’ve got the currently incongruous meteorological conditions as well, as demonstrated here:
This video was posted in 2018 and I don’t think the installation is there anymore, but I really love the idea.
Who are the kids who were playing in the snow that day? What are they doing now as their images are shown on the TV? Are they at school, on their holidays, have they emigrated, died – are they even in the park today, lamenting the current lack of white stuff to fool around in?
Also, I wonder what was on the screen for the first six months of its life, given that it couldn’t have been recording the scene behind it previously because it simply wasn’t there. Despite having the name of this feature: pastWindow, information seems hard to come by.
I have a textual window to the past on here. Six months ago today, we were winding down for Christmas and winding up for the Second Wave. The more things change…
see also: Light of Other Days.