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Pachinko parlor

Kobe, Japan

1997

The multi-media installation is composed of horizontal and vertical video scanning devices and a display wall. Set within a pachinko parlor, mobile cameras provide live, improbable views that reveal relationships between spaces, machines, and people. A slow moving gantry beam with four live video cameras mounted from the street level ceiling scans the parlor horizontally one row at a time across the banks of pachinko machines. The vertical scanning device is located in the cleavage between the escalators and stairs. Two belt-driven cameras guided by cables move in opposite directions. These live cameras privilege a sectional view connecting the basement, street and second levels. A video wall at street level alternates between the two live views.

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