Different versions of Lost have incorporated reflected video projection, the carved topographical surface, and (in a future iteration) interactivity. Lost #2 has been exhibited at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts and the Orlando Museum of Art. In each exhibition, a video image originates from a tripod-mounted projector, bounces off of a mirror, and lands on a map of a 150 mile strip of land in Pakistan. The map, derived from satellite data and carved from polystyrene foam, represents the site of 3,000 deaths by US drone strikes – each marked by a single silk pin. The video image is both pixelated and out of focus, becoming more legible only when the viewer moves so far away that the underlying map and pins disappear. The tripod holding the projector also holds a small card, on which the names of the dead are projected one after another in a continuous loop.
This work is currently on view at the Orlando Museum of Art, as part of the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibiton. The Florida Prize is an annual invitational exhibition to which the Museum invites ten artists based on criteria that includes artistic excellence, engagement with significant ideas and achievement that is demonstrated by a history of exhibitions and awards. The purpose of the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art is to bring a new level of recognition to the State’s most progressive artists and to encourage their ongoing contribution to the State’s cultural vitality.