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5 Truths


Mixed Media Installation

This work seeks truth through the methodical manipulation of a set number of variables and explores the anxieties created by subtle shifts in presentations of the same pieces of information. This process yields a deliberate but limited context for understanding, rendered in a dense collection of multi-layered cells. The accompanying video component puts these cells into motion and offers a medium of interpretation. The video is intended to be played on a loop as a nod to internet meme format.

This piece was created in conjunction with my web-based project, The Bokononist, which is also a topical piece addressing the current conversation of #fakenews and mainstream media.


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Detail: Side view of cells. Each cell contains 4 layers. Base layer is painted masonite. Over the base layer is a plain piece of glass. Photographic layer (or film still) overlays the glass — this piece is printed on semi-transparent silk fabric. The top layer is a piece of museum glass which has been laser-etched and contains the variables. Each cell is unique.



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Full installation




The video component puts all of the cells into motion. The video is intended to be played on a loop as a nod to internet meme format.





How it works / What it is


Each cell contains every possible combination of five variables. (1 2 3 4 5, 1 2 3 5 4, etc.) There are 120 possible combinations of five variables. These variables were handwritten, or individually considered, on 5x7" pieces of paper 120 times.

The variables in each cell are arranged in a specific way. All variable combinations that begin with the number 1 are in their own row, combinations that begin with the number 2 are in their own row, etc. The rows are rearranged in each cell. For example, the first cell arranges the rows in the order of 1 2 3 4 5. The next cell rearranges the rows in the order of 1 2 3 5 4. A unique cell was created for each of the 120 combinations, reordering the rows to represent each possible arrangement.

Each cell considers every possibility while also offering one demonstration of itself.


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Handwritten paper cells. The cell on the left arranges rows in the order of 1 2 3 5 4. The cell on the right arranges rows in the order of 1 2 3 4 5.


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Numbers mess.




Each handwritten paper was scanned, prepared for "print" and then laser-etched onto individual pieces of museum glass. Big thanks for the help (and patience!) of the good people at Innotech Laser.


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Etched cell






Each row (or individual variable) was then color coded. 1 = Red. 2 = Gold. 3 = Light Yellow. 4 = Medium Yellow. 5 = White. These color assignments were then painted in acrylic bands on 120 individual pieces of masonite. The color rows correspond to the unique row order of each etched glass cell.


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Painted cells. The cell on the left arranges rows Red - Gold - Light Yellow - Medium Yellow - White to correspond with the row order 1 2 3 4 5. The cell on the right arranges rows Red - Gold - Light Yellow - White - Medium Yellow to correspond with the row order 1 2 3 5 4.




The next step involved breaking apart a video into 120 still frames. The video is a clip of President Trump targeting the 'fake news' media during a rally. Each frame was then printed on pieces of semi-transparent silk organza.


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Film still


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Frame printed on organza





The final steps involved assembling the cell components and then re-animating the still frames. The final physical installation offers an overwhelming amount of information to consider. Every cell represents a unique, singular perspective or explanation of the arrangement of five variables through the lens of every possibility.

When the cells are reanimated in the accompanying video component, the context of every possibility turns into an unintelligible snow of information. The painted rows turn into a visual pulse beneath the video, or the medium of interpretation.

This piece seeks truth by process of deconstruction. Where is the end? Which moment can I trust? Which one should I believe? Which interpretation is right?

Ultimately the truth remains elusive. This piece offers its truth only within in a set, manipulated context; it doesn't process anything higher than 5 or lower than 0. It considers nothing outside of itself.




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Detail of cells



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Deconstructed view of a single cell


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Process notes









Seen


The Delaware Contemporary | OBSERVE: Juried Exhibition
2017 - Group Exhibition - Wilmington, Delaware




The Delaware Contemporary
Installation at The Delaware Contemporary, 2017


Sarah Kaizar




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