Bright Field Observation
1996. Installation at the Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix AZ.
With S. Taft.
The installation records the fortuitous encounter of technologies appropriated from medicine (video printer), art conservation (infra-red video), high precision manufacturing (robotic device) and maybe the gallery visitor. The robot is programmed to repeatedly follow a path that allows the infra-red video camera attached to it to scan a brightly lit red field and send a video image from sixteen precisely located positions along the way to be captured, stored and spit out as composite photographic prints every two minutes by the printer. Some images register only the most minimal human presence, a mere passing through this bright field of observation.