Present absences: A peripatetic video of a temporary site-specific sculpture

9:42 PM Posted by Ian Alden Russell

Christopher Witmore (Texas Tech University), Megan Goetsch and Ian Russell (Brown University)
supported by
Andrew Lloyd Goodman (Brown University Metamedia Labs) & Emerging Instructional Technologies Group, Brown University

Peripatetic video is a form of located media which is intended to manifest previous performances, experiences, or events that occurred in a given place at a later moment in that same place. Peripatetic video works through the active overlay of video and sound footage upon the same physical background through the intermediary of a small video camera with LCD screen and surround stereo headphones.

In 2006, Christopher Witmore and Megan Goetsch, inspired by artist Janet Cardiff, undertook to create a peripatetic video walk responding to the installation of a new temporary sculpture by artist Patrick Dougherty on Brown’s College Green. Four years later, Dougherty’s sculpture is no more, and collaborating with Ian Russell, the original video from 2006 has been re-edited and is now represented allowing visitors to explore the present absences of the architecture of Dougherty’s temporary installation. The video is available as a podcast for mobile devices, and a map is available online to orientate visitors to the beginning of the walk.

Also available as a podcast for mobile devices through iTunesU [link here] & via the Layar Reality Browser (

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The location for the beginning of the peripatetic video walk can be seen here.


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