“Make Out” is the eight piece in the Shadow Box series of interactive displays with a built-in computerized tracking system. This piece shows thousands of internet videos of couples looking at each other: as soon as someone stands in front of the display his or her silhouette is shown and all the couples within it begin to kiss. The massive array of make-out sessions continues for as long as someone is in front of the work, –as he or she moves away all the kissing ends.
The collector can choose what proportion of the videos are man-woman, woman-woman or man-man. The default state is the statistically faithful proportion of the videos that are online: 50 per cent woman-woman, 30 per cent man-man and 20 per cent man-woman.Periodically, the display shows all videos in the database simultaneously. The piece exists also as a large projection or as an installation with plasma screens. In these, the detected presence of passers-by triggers a wave of kissing in huge arrays of up to 8,000 simultaneous video clips.