SCANNERS l and ll (2010)
Articulate Project Space, Leichhardt.
The Scanners are two 'interactive' objects that were exhibited in a group show at Articulate Project Space, Sydney. Previously a smash repair workshop, the gallery still retains many of the original architectural features. Each artist in the show sought in some way to work with the specifics of the architectural space. For example, the two 'scanners' are designed to reveal an aspect of the building's past. Each scanner plays a video showing the rough concrete ceiling in the basement below the gallery. The ceiling bears the imprint of the original timber floorboards that served as formwork when the building was renovated.
As the camera tracks over the surface it creates the impression of a landscape as if seen from a surveillance plane. Or it might call to mind the pictures beamed back by a remotely controlled moon rover or a bomb disposal robot.
Viewers are invited to take the Scanners for a spin, wheeling them around the new floor of the gallery, while with a kind of x-ray vision, they see traces of the older floorboards underneath.
SCANNERS 1 and 2 (2010) – perspex, electronic screens, video, sound. Dimensions variable.