"Surface Tension," 1992
computer, plasma screen or rear-projection screen, sensor, custom software
dimensions variable
edition of 5, 1 AP

Installation view at La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France, 2011.

"Surface Tension" is an interactive installation where an image of a giant human eye follows the observer with orwellian precision.This work was inspired by a reading of Georges Bataille's text The Solar Anusduring the first Gulf War: first wide-spread deployment of camera-guided "intelligent bombs". Present-day computerised surveillance techniques employed by the Department of Homeland Security in the United States through the Patriot Act, provide a new and distressing backdrop for this piece.

The installation was originally developed in 1992 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as a stage module for a theatre work by the Transition State Theory troupe. Since then, Surface Tension has been presented as an art installation, typically on a plasma screen.

Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.

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