veridicalBody

In veridicalBody (1998), I continue to investigate the medical changes are altering our conceptions of life and death. The underlying promise of medical technologies is immortality. Yet we live within vulnerable bodies - bodies that deal daily with trauma, disease, decay and death. What is a factual or truthful body given medical and other technological interventions? Has there every really been a factual body? Hasn't the response to our own bodies always been socially contructed?

On a side wall, a clinical stainless steel device hangs above a stainless steel shelf. When the viewer places a hand on the shelf, an intimate enlargement of their moving hand is projected into the bottom left corner of the panoramic image. First projected in real time, the image is then captured and projected several more times. Each time the image is projected it deteriorates and fades until it disappears. The projected images of viewers' hands are simultaneously recorded onto videotape. This videotape of hands emerging and fading is projected by a third video projector into the right hand corner of the panorama to create a history of the experience of the installation/body.

A slowly moving panorama, responsive to the movement of the viewer in the exhibition space, is projected to fill the far wall of the gallery space. As the viewer moves left, the image moves to the left and continue to move until the viewer changes location. Moving to the right moves the image to right; moving forward gradually zooms the image into pixilated close up; moving backward zooms the image out. The viewer's actions are controlling a continuous landscape of aging, post-surgical bodies.

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