Standards and Double Standards

Subsculpture 3

Standards and Double Standards is an interactive installation that consists of 10 to 100 fastened belts that are suspended at waist height from stepper motors on the ceiling of the exhibition room. Controlled by a computerized tracking system, the belts rotate automatically to follow the public, turning their buckles slowly to face passers-by. When several people are in the room their presence affects the entire group of belts, creating chaotic patterns of interference. Non-linear behaviours emerge such as turbulence, eddies and relatively quiet regions. One of the aims of this piece is to visualize complex dynamics, turning a condition of pure surveillance into an unpredictable connective system. The piece creates an "absent crowd" using a fetish of paternal authority: the belt.

General info

Spanish name:
Rasero y Doble Rasero
Year of creation:
2004

Single belt version

Technique:
leather belts, stepper motors, surveillance camera, tracking system
Dimensions:
variable
Edition:
1 copy + 1 AP copy

Ten belts version

Technique:
leather belts, stepper motors, surveillance camera, tracking system
Dimensions:
variable
Edition:
3 copies + 0 AP copy

Fifty belts version

Technique:
leather belts, stepper motors, surveillance camera, tracking system
Dimensions:
variable
Edition:
1 copy + 0 AP copy

100 belts version

Technique:
leather belts, stepper motors, surveillance camera, tracking system
Dimensions:
variable
Edition:
1 copy + 1 AP copy

Exhibitions


Credits

  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - concept, direction
  • Conroy Badger - programming
  • Will Bauer, Sandra Badger, Karl-Erik Riesach, Peggy Strong, Robyn Badger, Jennifer Laughlin, Denis Sulivan and Olav Kahlbaum - production support
  • Rockefeller Foundation (NY) and Fondation Langlois (Montréal) - development funding
  • Ella Cisneros collection (Miami) and MUAC collection (Mexico City).

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