Watching Monumental video show reminded me of a recent trip to the Louvre in Paris, an evening when I reflected about our relationship with monuments.
After meeting up with the Mona Lisa, I wandered around in search of classical statuary. I found it in the traditional halls, but what really got my attention was the “basement”, the statues that weren’t on display.
They stood “crumbled” and strewn helter skelter one floor down, but visible to onlookers. Peering down into the “graveyard”, I was entertained by blue strobe lights and classical jazz. The effect was totally modern, even if the subjects of my artistic experience were centuries old statues.
The classical light show going on inside the Louvre is represented by this photo of the IM Pei’s entrance into the Louvre. The French are never literal in updating their monuments … the IM Pei modern design remains disruptive and unappealing to purists.
Monumental video technology will allow us to update and redefine staid vacation photos in our own living rooms. For the moment, this is professional technology and probably expensive, but I see the possibility to replace those digital photo frames we’re wild about.
This technology represents another trend that I track is called Real or Surreal. Digital effects redefine the truth or precise nature of images. It takes the concept of anthropomorphism to an entirely new level … in this case, using images of an old, historic building and bringing it “to life”.
Imagine looking at vacation pictures on your laptop, choosing different moods or design “sets” to be layered over your photos. Quite literally, you’re creating the same effect with your photos of old, staid buildings and monuments that I saw in the blue-light show on disarrayed monuments at the Louvre.