Luminous Bodies on Galileo's Inclined Plane (2003)


October 4 - November 2, 2003
Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Photos/video

"...a mesmerizing theoretical space, a speculative construct, and a hypnotic abstract machine, manifest as a room inside a room." John Carver, THE Magazine, November 2003.

Collaborative installation with architect/artist Reggie Stump. Using Galileo's theory of perpetual motion as a conceptual reference point, Stump created a physical structure within the gallery that investigates the relationship between space, time and motion. The work is a poetic approach to a literal assignment: to design a living space to be shared by two individuals with very different mobility needs – one with cerebral palsy, one without. As an imaginative study for this larger project, Stump constructed two converging mirrored corridors that challenge the observer's own comfort and ease of movement. Each corridor (made of perforated steel, plexiglass and wood) houses a video projection of the bodies in question, rendered as living constellations, traversing the same piece of raw rural terrain - the future building site - with differing degrees of ability. The eight channels of environmental sound evoked a fictional landscape while electronically processed grasshoppers "flew" across the room between speakers, and impossibly sustained bell tones marked the passing of time and map out an audible terrain of subtle standing waves that change perceptibly with the listener's own movement within the gallery.

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