Inflate Deflate, 2012 (multi-channel surveillance activated projection)
“Inflate Deflate” is a three-channel surveillance activated video projection.
The three-channel video was installed in a dark 14’ by 20’ black box room. When the viewers entered the room they saw three separate but equally sized images projected onto vinyl backlit projection screens. As the audience approached each image the videos would independently be activated depending on proximity of viewer to screen and as the viewers walked away the videos would stop and land on a still image.
The three videos were time-lapse black and white films of papier-mache and latex sculptures disintegrating over time. The monstrous paper, paint, water, and balloon sculptures represented a surrealist apocalyptic landscape falling apart.
A stark contrast was experienced between the black and white footage of these raw low budget puppet-like decaying materials with the interactivity of technology and the body. The piece explores the absurdity of needing to interact with artificial waste to highlight how detached contemporary society is from the succession of human-made waste.