“Why can’t the 1st Part of the 2nd Party Be the 2nd Part of the 1st Party?” 2014
At the Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, CA
Made of Pine, maple, black rubber rope, video surveillance, dacron & nylon line and music wire. It measured
10′ (h) x 60′ x 36′.
When I first arrived at the Intersection for the Arts, I was struck by the ceiling because it proudly displays the systems that make the building habitable– the air, light, water, heat, power & communications we need. As I modified my “Party of the First Part” installation to monitor this ceiling, the piece transformed into an ever more paranoid system of ways for us to work together to eliminate progress. It still has a differential gear that calculates the difference in contributions from a bike and a treadmill but now it sends the result to several different outputs including a video cart on the bridge just below the ceiling to capture images of that ceiling. The piece is also monitoring this monitoring and altogether not much happens. This isn’t something you can choose or not. It is in the nature of the system that we cancel each others’ efforts. Still, it is fun competing, cooperating and vetoing each other. And there is a way to get something done — not shown in the video — maybe you can guess what it is.
The title is a line from a scene from the 1935 Marx brothers movie “A Night at the Opera”. Sorry, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to skip the ad.