'Occult Chemistry' (X,Y,Z) - Version 2
seven, simple mechanical sculptures were originally assembled together
as a miniture installation to be viewed by the video eye of a small robot
for the group exhibition 'Pandora's Box', (2000), at InterAccess Electronic
Media Arts Centre in Toronto, Canada. The robot was remotely controlled,
six thousand miles away, by gallery visitors in Stockholm, Sweden, using
a high-speed broadband Internet link, while visitors to InterAccess controlled
a robot through simular installations in Stockholm.
works, reconfigured for the wall, offer bits of visual information then
take them away, or move so quickly that we can only perceive a small portion
of their content and form.
main elements; the opening/closing books, the churning pots of 'goo' and
the whirling metal molecules (which are based upon the drawings of two
19th Century English Spiritualists/Alchemists who wished to intuit the
forms of sub-atomic matter) also combine to simulate the X, Y and Z of
the Cartesian Plane that combine to create the three dimensions of all
Occult Chemistry (X)
Materials: Hardcover books, power supplies, metal,
motors, wood, stainless steel bowls, and coloured 'goo'.
Dimensions: 7 sculptures total; Up to 500sq. feet when installed as a group.
(Z): Three steel sculptures, each approx. 5x8x5 inches.
-OccultChemistry (X): Two mechanical sculptures, 49x36x12 inches and 24x36x12.
- OccultChemistry (Y): Two mechanical sculptures, each 55x36x12 inches.
Installation view: 'Unseen-Routine', Deadtech Gallery, Chicago, May, 2000.
Photos: Stephanie Sinclair