K A B I N F E V E R

a video installation and performance

by Kevin McCoy

Kabin Fever is an experiment in time travel.
The piece consists of two identical wooden boxes about 1.5 meters across.


I am closed up inside one box, the viewers in the other. With me are various props and tools: a video camera, an audio cassette deck and tapes, drawing materials, photos, letters, and memorabilia from my past.

The audio and video runs from my box to the viewer's box and is displayed on a small 5 cm black and white monitor. In my box, I re-enact scenes from my past: experiences, dreams, fantasies. memories, roles etc.


My goal is to recreate these experiences in the viewers box, to literally make the past present in the second box.
Since this isn't possible, a lot of tension builds up in my box as I attempt to push more and more through the narrow opening of the video feed. Ultimately I am testing the limits of language's capacity to render experience, and technology's ability to convey that experience.