Perry Hoberman
Out of the Picture
Out of the Picture (1982/83) is a remake of the book and film The Invisible Man. The fiction of an Invisible Man is used to reverse the relationship of viewer and cinema: instead of characters that remain unaware of an audience that watches their most private moments, the character of the Invisible Man can't be seen but is fully aware of his audience, addressing them directly. Clothing, shadows, texts and test tubes float through real space as the Invisible Man attempts to implicate you, the viewer, in his mad schemes of world conquest. Originally presented as an stereoscopic installation, viewers literally walked into the image, seeing their own 3D shadows mixed in with silhouetted characters on the screen.