Vital Signs: New Media from the Permanent Collection
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.
Andrea Ackerman, Jim Campbell, Bill Viola, and Gail Wight.