Vital Signs: New Media from the Permanent Collection

Bill Viola

Memoria, 2000

DVD, DVD player, projector, and silk

Dimensions variable

Museum purchase with funds contributed by Ann Marie and Averill Mix and from the Lipman Family Foundation

Gail Wight

Center of Gravity, 2008

15 digital pigment prints on kozo washi paper, Plexiglas, light, electronics, motion sensor, sound

96 x 5 x 5 inches (individual works)

Installation dimensions variable 

San Jose Museum of Art

Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation and Ron Casentini

Andrea Ackerman

Rose Breathing, 2003

3D Computer animation, stereo sound, projector. 34-second continuous loop

Dimensions variable

Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Museum’s Collection Committee

 

Jim Campbell

Photograph of My Mother, 1996

And

Portrait of my Father, 1994-95

Custom electronics, glass, plastic, and photography

San Jose Museum of Art

Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Museum’s Collection Committee 
Saturday, June 12, 2010Sunday, February 6, 2011

The patterns of nature find reflection in the functions of human life—the motion of ocean waves echoes the measured inhalation and exhalation of breath; flower petals reach for the sun, unfurling and then collapsing, more slowly but similarly to the way a heart contracts and expands. These rhythms and movements connect the diversity of earth’s life forms, highlight their fragility, and can serve literally as a method for monitoring human and environmental health. The new media artists in this exhibition use technology to replicate these vital signs, but also to explore the inner source of life, those elements unseen but often sensed. 

Artists include

Andrea Ackerman, Jim Campbell, Bill Viola, and Gail Wight.    

Sponsors 
Doris and Alan Burgess and Peter Lipman