Prototype for a Machine that Creates TV Static

A kinetic sculpture that naively attempts to recreate the phenomenon of analog video static via mechanical means. When the viewer approaches this machine, fluorescent lights above a bed of colored aquarium turn on. The user turns the handwheel, which activates 60 uniquely-shaped cams – each cam’s profile derived from a different piece of aquarium gravel. An analog video camera captures the movement of the churning gravel bed and broadcasts it to a monitor in another part of the space, rendering a crude version of black and white static.

This piece was exhibited in the show Adrift, A Raft at Space4Art in San Diego, CA. The show was curated by Rujeko Hockley and reviewed by Shawnee Barton.

2011 Mixed Media Installation, Moving Image, Objects Photos 1-4,7-8: Shane Anderson