"Surface Tension" is an interactive installation where an image of a giant human eye follows the observer with orwellian precision.This work was inspired by a reading of Georges Bataille's text The Solar Anus during the first Gulf War: first wide-spread deployment of camera-guided "intelligent bombs". Present-day computerised surveillance techniques employed by the Department of Homeland Security in the United States through the Patriot Act, provide a new and distressing backdrop for this piece.
The installation was originally developed in 1992 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as a stage module for a theatre work by the Transition State Theory troupe. Since then, Surface Tension has been presented as an art installation, typically on a plasma screen.
|Name in spanish:||Tensión Superficial|
|Year of Creation:||1992|
|Technique:||Plasma or rear-projection screen, computerised surveillance system, custom-made software|
|Edition:||5 copies + 1 AP|
|Keywords:||database, indoor, interactive, performance, projection, tracker.|
|Collections:||Colección/Fundación Jumex (Mexico City), Cisneros Fontanals Foundation (Miami), Jonathon Carroll Collection (NYC), Speyer Family Collection (NYC), Daros Latinamerica (Zürich), and Musée National des Beaux-Arts (Québec)|