electronic media artist
THE DEAD | TAYLOR MEAD
(2014, loop, HD video, 27" flatscreen, mirrored cylinder, pedestal, directional speaker)
The Dead is an ongoing series of cylindric/anamorphic video reliquaries honoring people whom I have once recorded and who have since passed away, this one in memory of poet, actor and Ludlow Street neighbor Taylor Mead (Dec 31, 1924 - May 08, 2013).
Presented on upward facing flatscreen monitors with a central cylindric mirror, the videos are geometrically distorted. In the cylindric reflection, the original likeness becomes recognizable again. The mirror not only acts as the key to decipher the coded form of the 2-dimensional video but allows the viewer to walk around the image, creating the illusion of the luminous apparitions literally rising from their electromagnetic grave. Loop and cylindrical anamorphosis suggest the utopian possibility of eternal preservation, reminiscent of Morel's Invention by Bioy Casares or Raymond Roussel's Locus Solus, where the dead continually act out a pivotal incident in their lives. Though no doubt presumptuous, in The Dead, that would be the fleeting moment of our chance encounter.
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Lou Reed (2013)
Installation simulation made with Cinema 4D.