ABOUT THE ARTIST
BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 2004
I WAS SCARED TO DEATH /
I COULD HAVE DIED OF JOY (2000)
Artist Statement, continued
... unfixed entities, the signals competing for their attention.
In scientific terms, the spectators' own brains may be affected
quite directly, through a process called "entraining." The electronic
pulses, visualized as beating light, are based on patterns that have
been claimed to be the timing of neurons firing in certain areas of
the human brain. The firing patterns used in this work correspond to
states of haunting, or abject fear, and benign enlightenment or rapture.
These emotions might be understood as two sides of the same coin, a
habitation of something that feels other than oneself. One may sense
instability of the boundaries between the self and the conditions
created by the objects in the work.
I made this piece after Charged Hearts, working again with images
that are almost not there. In one sense, as glowing, fragile objects,
they might seem hyper real, yet they suggest something that isn't
visual. Again, the spectator becomes a performer moving from observer
status through a series of transgressions linked with the object. Like
Charged Hearts, this piece simulates interactive intimacy. It is the
continuation of my thinking about emotions, new technologies, and ...