Jim Campbell


Shadow (For Heisenberg), 1993-94Custom electronics, video camera, glass cube with LCD material, statue

Shadow (for Heisenberg) is an interactive installation that involves the viewer's desire to see an object contained within a glass cube. If the viewer moves towards the object the image of the object fades from view and is replaced by the shadow of the object. This work incorporates a new technology that allows a piece of glass to go from transparent to translucent. The work also incorporates a video camera on the ceiling. The image from the camera on the ceiling is manipulated and displayed on the wall behind the pedestal to make apparent the relationship between position and perception. This work is loosely based on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle from Quantum Physics which states that one can never observe an object in its purest form because the process of observation has an impact on the object. The more accurately one trys to observe or measure an object, the more that object will be affected by the observation.



Untitled (For Heisenberg), 1994-95
Eight ultrasonic sensors, salt, laser disc player, computer, custom electronics

At the end of a dark hallway is a bed-size platform with a life-size image of a couple projected onto a layer of salt. The couple's intimate embrace is in slow motion. As the viewer progresses toward the bed, the image zooms in closer and closer. When the viewer reaches the bed, the image is an abstract close-up of the two lovers. The viewer's progress along the hallway alters the scale in a continuous and gradual way. The image, panning up and down the bodies of the figures, responds to the viewer's left to right position in the hallway.


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