Ruins of Light-1992
An interactive public artwork that consists of four 12-foot high stainless steel towers that each enclose five video monitors that displayed Roman or Greek style columns that were also contained in the stainless steel enclosures. It was installed at the America West Sports Arena in Phoenix, Arizona for ten years and incorporated certain images at certain times of the day and can be also function as a tyoe of clock. The architecture of the artwork made it seem as if it was a part of the structural support of the building itself. The artwork features six live cameras, 600 still images, and 30 minute motion video of people who were present at the venue.
Leviathans- Phil Ross
captured at SymbioticA in 2007
Editing was done by Marcella Faustini. Scott Arford created and produced the soundtrack.
Through an 8 minute long video, “Leviathans is a video of the slime-mold Physarum polycephalum. The slime-mold, though diminutive in size, is able to travel relatively large distances in a short period of time while searching for food”. Accompanied by astrological background sounds, the video pictures a pulsating bacteria-like life form that grows and expands. The manipulation on light is also being used so that viewers can see what is happening within the living body. The organism reminds us of how our own organs and bodies work, growing, and rhythmically moving. The artist is interested in capturing what is biologically natural and systematic growth of the slime-mold.
Unstoppable Hum, 2-2000
The Unstoppable, Hum is made by artist Sabrina Raaf who is interested in the electro-mechanic activity that is present in the 20th century living environment. Electro-mechanic activity is everywhere yet, we are not aware of the unapparent hum that everyday electronic devices such as refrigerators, television sets, and computers give off. They merely act as a “background noise” that we are so used to hearing but do not notice. This generative artwork helps viewers listen to the electro-mechanic activity that surrounds us by connecting a sensitive microphone to microprocessor circuits. The circuits picks up sounds from automatic doors, security systems, and telephone systems. Voices and footsteps are also picked up by the circuits. As the device picks up these interesting sounds, it emits an unusual, yet original musical sound. This interactive quality of the artwork les viewers manipulate the sound that the device can make.