Materials: Steel, motors, mechanical parts.
Dimensions: 15 sculptures total; 4 x 6 x 4 feet each. Up to 1500 sq. feet when installed as a group.
view from the exhibition "Organic Mechanics", November-December, 1998.
A 2-person exhibition
with Simone Jones.
by InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre and installed within a former
leather coat factory, in the garment district of downtown Toronto.
Photos: Peter McCallum
Review for "Organic Mechanics"
'Coil Room', fills a 1,500 square foot space with fifteen
vibrating four foot round inverted steel coils, extended from the ceiling
almost to the floor. Spaced apart so that viewers may walk among them like
an exotic/erotic garden, powered by sexual energy. The spirals movement is
controlled by a slowly rotating 3 foot round disk imprinted with a colour
image of a vulva, which acts as a switch. The work envelops and induces a
sympathetic resonance in the viewer.
This installation emerged
out of a series relating technology and the female body. 'Coil Room' was created
as an exploration of vibration and resonance as a power source to create hypothetical
machines that are driven by female sexual energy and emotional power.
This installation was originally exhibited as part of a show called 'Net@Works' at the Centro Nacional
de las Artes in Mexico City with 11 other Canadian electronic media artists
from October to November 1995. It has also been presented as part of 'Organic
Mechanics', in Nov. 1998, and at the Cambridge Gallery in May 1999.