Camera Silens (1994) is an installation for one user at a time a completely sealed-off chamber equipped with a dentist's chair and a closed-circuit surveillance system.

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The work refers to a research project at the university clinic in Hamburg Eppendorf, which was suspended in 1973 due to outraged public discussions. Psychiatrist Jan Gross and his colleague Peter Kempe had set up 3 years earlier a "Camera Silens", an anechoic and nearly soundproof chamber, to conduct investigations of the effect of "social isolation and sensory deprivation" on both healthy test persons and patients at the psychiatric hospital under conditions of total separation from natural surroundings (as wikipedia says [citation needed]).0aaacameraaao.jpg

Artists Olaf Arndt and Rob Moonen copied this "Camera Silens" to refer to experiments involving the complete control of the human consciousness.

The reference to the theme of sensory deprivation allows connections
to be made to the solitary confinement of prisoners, as well as to various methods of brainwashing. It indicates the possibility of regarding the human brain as a hard disk in a metaphorical sense, which can be deleted and re-written.

Related: Art Oriente Objet's The Museum of Natural Horror which references Harry Harlow's experiments on the "science of affection"; Timeline: Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons.

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For The Flying Steamroller (1996), Chris Burden is a a 12-ton Navy surplus steamroller connected to a central hydraulic unit and an almost 40-ton cement counterweight; when the operator circles at top speed in the steamroller, the machine is lifted more than three feet off the ground and is transformed into a heavy-machinery carousel.

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Photo B. Adilon. Other image.

In 1994, ART+COM presented Terravision, an installation that enabled users to navigate in a 3D model of the earth by moving a tracking device in front of the projection showing the actual location and environment s/he is in.

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Image on the right: Visualization of danger-zones for earthquakes

The virtual globe is generated from satellite images and altitude data stored on servers located around the world, integrated into a television system by an ATM broadband network. Information can be accessed topographically and chronologically: a user can see weather patterns or zoom in on, say, the Potzdammer Platz in Berlin and use a camera icon (placed at the actual location of the original camera) to view a film of it made in 1929.

Terravision was conceived as a tool to generate knowledge about the condition and future development of our planet.

The display and the resolution were only limited by the quality of the satellite aerial images of the corresponding location.

John has just sent out via bittorrent the original video from 1995.

More images and videos on art+com website and on Media Art Net.

Other works by art+com: the Science of Aliens, timetravel telescope, Floating Numbers table.

In 1994, ART+COM presented Terravision, an installation that enabled users to navigate in a 3D model of the earth by moving a tracking device in front of the projection showing the actual location and environment s/he is in.

bildterrav.jpg med_03_terrav.jpg
Image on the right: Visualization of danger-zones for earthquakes

The virtual globe is generated from satellite images and altitude data stored on servers located around the world, integrated into a television system by an ATM broadband network. Information can be accessed topographically and chronologically: a user can see weather patterns or zoom in on, say, the Potzdammer Platz in Berlin and use a camera icon (placed at the actual location of the original camera) to view a film of it made in 1929.

Terravision was conceived as a tool to generate knowledge about the condition and future development of our planet.

The display and the resolution were only limited by the quality of the satellite aerial images of the corresponding location.

John has just sent out via bittorrent the original video from 1995.

More images and videos on art+com website and on Media Art Net.

Other works by art+com: the Science of Aliens, timetravel telescope, Floating Numbers table.

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I saw apples with drawings on their skin the other day at the gorcer's*. Reminded me of this project:

In 1996, Laura Stein examined the line between cultural imposition and natural development.

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For her Animal-Vegetable photographies, animal-shaped polyurethane molds were secured over baby vegetables to shape the vegetables' formal attributes. While growing, the vegetables exerted their physical strength and even "attempt" to push through the limits of the molds. Some are too strong to be contained, but most conform to the imposed shape.

There is an intense will to grow, regardless of whether they submit to or resist their formal fates. Unlike their genetically altered counterparts, individual will has an effect on their development. I view my molds as a culturally generated pressure, an applied norm, which then gets filtered into individually aestheticized interpretations.

See Genetics and culture.
Related: Jewels for vegetable lovers.

* i think it was at Alexander Platz station last month.

I'm adding a new category to the blog: '90s. Dedicated to art works from the 80s and 90s. Starting with...

Krzysztof Wodiczko's Homeless Vehicles.

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The Homeless Vehicle acts as a shock-absorbing mechanism that allows people to live between those homeless, and maybe even be very close to them, but without really recognizing them as people and asking who these people are. There is a significant group of homeless who work day and night collecting bottles and cans in New York (bottle bill).

So Wodiczko thought that the best way to make the situation clear to the non-homeless would be to help the "bottle men" by providing them with a tool which would not be associated with stolen objects, such as shopping carts, but something that would be especially designed for them (and with them). The vehicle can be used both for personal shelter and can/bottle storage. Through the increasing presence and mobility of this object it would become both communication and the transport, articulating the real conditions of work and life and the resistance of this group.

Images: designboom, New Media Art Net and Artnet.

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