Isolation Tank (video component of projection installation)--for archival reference
This work was originally exhibited as part of a larger concept show consisting of 5 works entitled, of surf, death, tropes and tableaux: The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment.
Isolation Tank is a single channel HD video projection and is entirely computer generated (the sound has been generated with an analog audio synthesizer). At first we see a surfboard from afar seemingly drifting in the middle of the ocean. The camera (unseen helicopter) slowly approaches the object until it fills a good portion of the screen. On the surface of the board can be seen a kind of decal. A closer look reveals an almost imperceptible morphing between a visage (perhaps a representation of the artist's face?) and the image of a Mahakala (a protector of Dharma in Tibetan Buddhism usually depicted with a crown of five skulls representing the transmutation of the five kleshas, or negative afflictions, into the five wisdoms. also and importantly it represents the death of the ego).
As the sound of the helicopter becomes audible, a rogue wave from nowhere jacks up and throws a wall of water over the surfboard pushing it under water. In a kind of point of view (POV) swap the helicopter sounds as if it has gone under water and then reemerges as the board pops up. The camera/helicopter pulls back and hovers above the scene rippling the surface of the water around the surfboard before returning to the opening vantage point and then loops again. In the complete work the loop is seamless.
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