"In Bed" is an interactive installation by Drew Burrows. The work compares the feelings of coming home to an empty bed to those of coming home to a bed with someone in it asleep but happy that you are joining them. These two situations are profoundly different and the installation invites a viewer to experience and consider the emotions associated with both.
In the piece a person climbs into an empty bed with a projected woman sleeping on it. Though the bed is empty, the projection gives the feeling of having someone there beside them. As the person climbs into the bed the projected woman moves close to cuddle and reacts accordingly as the person moves around on the bed. The experience provides both the sensations of being alone and having someone in the bed with the viewer at the same time.
The aim of the piece was to speak on the feelings of loneliness, affection, and intimacy.
The piece involves previously recorded footage of a woman sleeping on a bed, filmed from above. A camera above the installation reads the position of a live person who climbs into the bed. As the person gets into and moves around the bed the woman sleeping is manipulated according to the position of the real life person.
In Bed is a progression of previous experimentations involving interactive video and capture devices.
All material (c) Drew Burrows 2008.