Block Gallery QUT Brisbane 2004 (World Premiere)
ACMI Melbourne International Festival of the Arts 2004
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Festival 2005
David Pledger and Jeffrey Shaw, world-renowned pioneer of interactive cinema, push the cinematic and the theatrical imaginary in this extraordinary new work.
Presented in a 360-degree purpose-built cinematic environment, 10 people forever repeat a certain 9 minutes of their lives. Exploring terrain that is at once spiritual, moral, ethical, psychological and physical, this ingeniously crafted artwork is driven by any member of the public who, as the free radical user-director, reveals the secrets embedded in the interconnected stories.
Through its operational interactivity, Eavesdrop opens up a continuum of possibility, potential and proposition. There are no full stops, no grand gestures. Only forward movement. The user's interaction with the material and the viewing audience creates a communal imagination of the actual and the virtual, a portal from what is to what might be.
Eavesdrop is a Rubik's cube of cinematic experience, a kind of jigsaw story-puzzle. Part game, part real-time film-making, part spectator sport, part magical realism, Eavesdrop will open up the user and the viewer to new ways of looking at old forms, progressive pathways to interactivity and an alternative mode of visual discourse.
Eavesdrop is assisted by the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals through the Major Festivals Initiative of the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body; Melbourne International Arts Festival, Brisbane Festival and Sydney Festival; the Goethe Institute, and presented in association the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research.