Golden's thesis show, Bargained Illusions, explores interactive art through the incorporation of modern technology with age-old story telling. The first piece, What Remains, is an animated short that uses a single channel rear-projector. The story follows Delo, a being who has lost everything through the choices he has made. Slowly he begins to identify with the world.
The second piece is an interactive video narrative installed within a created attic space. In this work, Devil in the Looking Glass, a man whose character is based on Mephistopheles, figure is rear-projected into a mirror. This piece is the closest to the literal Faustian Bargain. The biggest difference is that you, the viewer, have the power to interact to choose the actual ending of the story. Interactive computer technology permits the different endings.
The third component of the exhibition, Narcissist's Dilemma, is an interactive installation that is concerned with the individual’s role within a community. Viewers will have the opportunity to identify their perceived place in society. How choices made within the piece will either lead the viewer towards becoming a part of a greater whole (and what this creates within the context of the piece) or drifting away from community and what this does to the individual.
Through interactive story telling my hope for this exhibit is that it will demonstrate the consequences of decisions that are made on a daily basis and affect ourselves and society.