video artist shimpei takeda and sound artist bruce tovsky create one of their shimmering live improvisations in this intimate setting. using the barest of materials and a camera, takeda coaxes cascading waves of light in response to tovsky's deep, low drones. best experienced on a sound system with excellent low-end reproduction (sub recommended) listening on computer speakers you may find yourself wondering where the sound went, as the beginning of this piece consists of extremely low sounds interacting with each other. recorded in binaural sound by tovsky, listening on headphones will give the full effect of the 360 degree soundstage.
Paul Pfeiffer was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1966, but spent most of his childhood in the Philippines. Pfeiffer relocated to New York in 1990, where he attended Hunter College and the Whitney Independent Study Program. Pfeiffer’s groundbreaking work in video, sculpture, and photography uses recent computer technologies to dissect the role that mass media plays in shaping consciousness. In a series of video works focused on professional sports events—including basketball, boxing, and hockey—Pfeiffer digitally removes the bodies of the players from the games, shifting the viewer’s focus to the spectators, sports equipment, or trophies won. Presented on small LCD screens and often looped, these intimate and idealized video works are meditations on faith, desire, and a contemporary culture obsessed with celebrity. Many of Pfeiffer’s works invite viewers to exercise their imaginations or project their own fears and obsessions onto the art object. Several of Pfeiffer’s sculptures include eerie, computer-generated recreations of props from Hollywood thrillers, such as “Poltergeist,” and miniature dioramas of sets from films that include “The Exorcist” and “The Amityville Horror.”