“Something out there is waiting for us.”

About

2018

Interactive Installation mised media: electrical, LED lamps, modified motion detectors, inkjet prints, gelatin silver print, audio playback

Dimensions: variable (16’ x 48’ space)

Description

This is a site-specific viewer-activated installation.

In a dark and cavernous room the walls are adorned with mural sized black-and-white prints on paper. The images are vignettes of dense, old-growth forests and verdant gardens. The floor is open except for a potted fern at the center. Low, symphonic sounds emanate from this.

As visitors navigate the room, their movement triggers green lights that illuminate the jungle scenes. Periodically, a cluster of three red laser-points appear on the wall, tracking slowly through the scenery, sometimes towards, sometimes away from the viewers as they move through the otherwise darkened space.

This multi-media work combines imagery from 19th century landscape painter Frederick Edwin Church, symphonic music (heavily modulated) by romantic composer Modest Mussorgsky, and the lethal red-laser targeting pattern from the 1987 action movie Predator. It invites participants to immerse themselves in the edifying grandeur of uncorrupted nature, while being occasionally stalked by the terrifying embodiment of the same.

The work takes place in a darkened room and utilizes simple motion-activated light fixtures, a speaker attached to an mp3 player.