An installation that explores the gallery as a social construction. Through observation of the gallery architecture and research into its history I developed an installation that exposed the gallery – windows that existed but were ignored, artifacts that were unearthed and moved. The room could have simply been a classroom if the room had been labeled as such, but since it is labeled a fine art gallery people enter it in a different way and have different expectations from it.
I explored the six major planes of the gallery cube – ceiling, floor and walls by investigating the surfaces and drawing attention to what existed behind the surfaces. I drilled holes in the drywall, exposing the window behind and created a camera lucida by projecting through a lens onto frosted plexiglass. A security monitor recorded the adjacent closet housing the gallery coordinator.
The installation emitted a drone sound and remained that way until a person entered the cube. Upon entering, sensors detected their presence and allowed them to ‘perform’ the cube by using their body to distort the video and audio. The video was a live feed and would capture images of the last person who activated the central cube, keeping their image static until the next subject entered the space. The sensor was a Theremin and has subsequently been used in performances of Temporal Interference.
media: theremin, arrowhead, fabric, oil on panel, acrylic, steel, monitors, 5-channel sound; dimensions: variable, completed: 2006