Inside Wall is a light installation based on a science fiction novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel. The piece uses algorithmically controlled light system to transform an empty room into a space that conveys the architecture of temporal evolution in Casares’ story. The focus is on increasing and unfathomable change of different times and realities. When the UV light falls on the walls that are covered with invisible UV sensitive materials, it reveals walls that are underneath the original walls and as such they become entries into realities that are underneath the original reality. These realities are interwoven and through their exchange they progressively expose more about each other. The piece finishes with cracks that represent sources of leaking parallel realities.
Chips fell, and, when large pieces of the wall began to come down, I kept on pounding, bleary-eyed, with an urgency that was far greater than the size of the iron bar, until the resistance of the wall (which seemed unaffected by the force of my repeated pounding) pushed me to the floor, frantic and exhausted. First I saw, then I touched, the pieces of masonry— they were smooth on one side, harsh, earthy on the other: then, in a vision so lucid it seemed ephemeral and supernatural, my eyes saw the blue continuity of the I pounded some more. In some places pieces of the wall broke off, but they did not reveal any sort of cavity. In fact, in the twinkling of an eye the wall was perfect again, achieving that invulnerable hardness I had already observed in the place where I had made the original opening.
Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel, 1940
, , Seattle, United States
lightart, art, installation, light