Acupunture For Temporal Fruit |
Jennifer Hall: Artist
Marc LoCascio: Engineer
Blyth Hazen: Fabrication
Kyle Jarger : Kyleboard Design
Photo Credit: George Peet
Photo Credit: Sam Ogden
"Acupuncture for Temporal Fruit is comprised of twelve identical units,
suspended from the gallery ceiling. Each computer-assisted unit contains a
tomato (or tomatoes), electric motors, acupuncture needles, and sonar
devices. The sonar devices detect your presence at various locations in the
gallery. When you trigger the sonar, the electric motors activate the
needles which pierce the ripe flesh of the fruit."
"The content of this artwork primarily involves issues surrounding the intersections of modern medicine, technology, and ethics. Here, an instrument of healing (acupuncture) is rendered as something sinister, and this calls to mind many of the ironies of contemporary health care. These machines have the look of rational science about them, but also bear a great deal of emotional content surrounding torture, pain, death, and sex. The tomatoes seem like passive objects of research, but they are also metaphors for the body, and seem to bleed as they disintegrate. These conflicting notions are further complicated by the direct complicity of museum visitors, whose presence and choice of locations within the gallery activate a process fraught with technological anxiety."
Excerpt from Make Your Move, an exhibition organized in conjunction with the Boston Cyber Arts Festival
Joyce and Edward Linde Gallery, March 27, 1999 - May 31, 1999
Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Do While Studio Basement
Mark and Blyth tweak the system
Mark checks Control-Voltage-to-MIDI Interface
Building the Kyleboards
Blyth connects senor controllers to Kyleboards
Blyth sews bags
Sue attaches clips to bags
Blyth backs into pods
Jen is overwhelmed
Finally, The Night the Pods Ran
Additional thanks to: Ellen Abdow, Sue Bennett, Ethan Berry, Cindy Brown, Linda Bourke, Kathy Desmond, Keith Donaldson, George Fifield, Gabrielle Keller, Laurie Lindop, Anne Loyer, John McCormack, Sue Oppie, George Peet, Lynda Shift, Bethany Shorb, and Doug Sweeter.
In-kind donations provided by Polaroid Corporation and Do While Studio.