Cli•mac•ter•ic: Interactive Video Display at Lied Art Gallery

Cli•mac•ter•ic, an interactive video installation by Jamie Burmeister and Tim Guthrie, is on display in the Lied Art Gallery, Lied Education Center for the Arts, through Friday, Sept. 2. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. A reception with the artists will be held Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5-7:30 p.m. This collaborative, interactive video installation was originally installed in Joey Lynch’s PUSH Gallery for one night more than a year ago to coincide with Earth Day activities. With the theme of climate change and flooding, in addition to the flooding of the Missouri River this summer, it seemed appropriate to bring the piece back. As visitors interact with the bike (Jamie), they control projected videos (Tim) that are layered to show dozens of possible combinations of actions. As visitors peddle the bike, the can also lower the flooding, or even remove the water completely, but as soon as they stop interacting, the water level quickly rises. Both inaction and action create calamity.