In a dark room, a text is projected onto a wall letter by letter, describing the activities of three prisoners during the four days leading up to their execution in an Arkansas prison. The visitor is invited to sit at a table with a computer and monitor, facing the projected text on the wall. On the monitor, one of the inmate’s faces appears, and the visitor can navigate across this face while the computer records every click and sweep of the mouse across the image of the prisoner. The result is a motion study in the form of an abstract drawing. Visitors play the role of surveyor and surveyed, exacting control over the prisoner’s body while having their own movements traced and captured by the computer.
—Angela Plohman © 2000 Foundation Daniel Langlois