Through Beyond the Skin Effect I temporally explore the anticipation and apprehension that arises just before one is touched and create a space where a singular event becomes a continuous action.
Normally this space exists only for an instant: within that split-second external forces and interior emotions converge. It is at this confluence where the surface of the human body meets the environment in which it is placed. The horizontal and vertical movements of the video mimic the body anticipating the pending touch and possible shock.
Exhibited Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec 2004
Along one wall of the gallery is a video projection picturing a foot in a wool sock, reaching towards an unclothed back. On the floor, directly in front of the projection, is a pair of the same wool socks. Inside the socks are audio speakers playing recorded sounds of static electricity generated by rubbing feet along a carpet. Operating in the background is a software which monitors the volume of the recorded sound. As the audio plays the controller software processes the projected video image in real time, rapidly stretching and contracting the image.