Surface Tension

"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
Dimensions: Variable dimensions
Edition: 5 copies + 1 AP
Keywords: database, performance, tracker, indoor, projection, interactive.
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)
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2015 - Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, México
2012 - Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2011 - La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France
2011 - No, No, I Hardly Ever Miss a Show, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
2007 - Mexican Pavilion, 52 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2004 - Galería OMR, Mexico City, México
1993 - 2!M VR Exhibition, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
1993 - , Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Nuremberg, Germany



  • Conroy Badger - programming
  • Susie Ramsay, Will Bauer and Tara DeSimone - production
  • Bruce Ramsay - model