Wayward (video), 2007 series of video object clusters
flat panel digital video monitors, with and without sound
The Wayward video clusters present the continuous oscillation of a single lightbulb back and forth across each screen at slightly different speeds. The never-ending oscillation is unnerving and readily becomes hypnotic; the ‘personal viewing’ size of the flatscreen monitors draws the viewer in close to the hypnotic field of vision.
In the sonic version, t he subtle abstracted sound of a human voice ‘chanting’ “chi chi chi cha, chi cha” emanates from the glassbulb itself and casts a flight of sound throughout the space.
The sound, recorded by the artist, was abstracted from a memory of a performer from the 1930s in the U.S. performing in blackface. While like a memory, the sound penetrates the present and the body of the
present auditor who becomes both a subject and object of the experience.