Video from an interactive video and sound art installation. The full video is a 21-minute loop. The work consists of (1) a narrow HD video of the glacial landscape of an Alaskan former homicide site projected onto a wall, (2) surround-sound audio of equal length comprised of interviews, journal readings, phone conversations, field recordings taken at the site, and musical elements composed, performed, and recorded by myself, (3) a narrow oak evidence table and office chair from the late 1980s, speckled with the lifted fingerprints of my deceased father, and outfitted with interactive bone transducers embedded within the wood of the tabletop itself, and (4) audio field recordings of the vibrations, groans, and creaks of the moving glacier at the homicide site, which can only be fully heard and felt through physical interaction with the surface of the table itself. Ultrasonic sensors may also be utilized within the space to control audiovideo loop playback dependent upon an individual entering the space and/or sitting down at the table.
In January 2012 I returned to Alaska to reinvestigate a particular homicide site that my father investigated when I was five years old. This site sits at the base of a mountain, on the edge of a glacier, and what my father found there haunted him forever. The ensuing case led to traumatic impact on my family— terrifying death threats from associates of a serial killer, and an indelible, amorphous, faceless fear that colored the rest of my childhood. Trace Evidence is comprised of audiovisual documentation taken at the homicide site, courtroom recordings, melodic elements that I composed and performed, phone conversations with my mother, readings of journal entries, and interviews with other investigators. The table is reminiscent of an interrogation room, but is marked by my father’s fingerprints that I found and lifted after his death. It is an interactive surface that, when leaned against, allows the groaning and cracking of the glacier— sounds my father said filled his dreams— to be transmitted
through the medium of human bone. HD video. (2012)

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