Each Visual Experiential Manifestation requires that a pushbutton be pressed to fully activate them. Once the viewer presses the button, the door begins to spin and an LED light turns on to cast a shadow of the spinning door on the wall behind it, creating a simple but satisfying interaction while paying homage to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. This was also intended to reflect the nature of the painted caves, which sit inactive without the light and people who were meant to engage with them.
The presentation of the Visual Experiential Manifestations resembles that of a natural history museum, such as the Field Museum in Chicago. This puts my work in direct conversation with Marcel Broodthaers, who constructed and exhibited his Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles. Like Broodthaers’ work, my installation plays on the very notion of the museum as an institution that houses identities left behind.
Visual Experiential Manifestations
Visual Experiential Manifestations at the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts