Victoria Scott comments
that 'Amanda felt it was important to choose materials that were available
in both Sweden and Canada.' IKEA was chosen as the materials for the box,
(the viewing) for goodness sake.
They think-tanked ideas of losing control-of their creations-not
by design, but by choice. They attempted with salutary effects; to shake their
and our own certitude's and lend wings to the imagination by giving the controls
over to another country; but the myths tell us what happens when you fly too
close to the sun...or dare to open the box...
In looking up at the sun
there is the danger of going blind and in opening up boxes; in this case
Pandoras, there is the very likely chance that one might have to battle
the phalanxes of an enemy...myriad assailants might converge to shift
your purpose and confuse your vision. Do we- don't we, open the box?
Victoria Scott and Francis LeBouthillier commend Graham on his visionary
zeal, but Graham speaks humbly of the 'disastrous' consequences of losing
control. Musing on the technical inadequacies, he feels that McLuhan was
right when he said "technology should be given to the artists to serve
as a early distant warning system".
Citing the impossibilities of being in two different places at once...opting
to attend the opening in Stockholm, he reflects on not being able to 'go
out with the artists for a drink after the show,' sure he could communicate
through tele-conferencing but...he missed the tactile experience of 'the
Although, scientists at NIST have just disproved the 'adage' by preparing
a beryllium atom that is simultaneously located in two widely separated
places. As detailed in the May 24 issue of Science, last year, this experiment
has connections to the works of Albert Einstein and Erwin Schroedinger-
who considered the possibility that a cat could be made to be both dead
and alive at the same time. When we put the Cat in the box with the poison
and seal the box we can not see what is going on. At any time the Cat
could be dead or it could be alive. Which is to say there is an uncertainty
in its position or state.
So, although Graham was alive, present in the opening at Stockholm, he
appears, physically dead, but alive via robot at the opening in Toronto;
All the walls go out... people suddenly have to adjust themselves to this
new proximity - Marshall McLuhan.
Graham is currently working with U of T and Ryerson to commercialise the
PEBBLES videoconferencing system, which links children from hospitals
to their classrooms via a two-way videoconferencing robot. Check out these
links for more info.
SWEDISH ARTISTS: from top to bottom
The Flykingon Gallery, Sweden