“Wave Writer: An Experiment for Vital Force #02” by Patricia Adams, Jeff Sams

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    Wave Writer: An Experiment for Vital Force #02

Artist(s) and People Involved:


Artist Statement:

    Remote access to the artwork via the internet eliminates the physical boundaries of distance. Remote viewers/users can leave a tangible residue of their virtual presence and watch real-time participants via a web cam. Adams states that “viewers leave fragile traces of both real time and virtual interactions that create a complex interplay between participants, machines and locations — merging and rupturing identities.”

    Wave Writer employs an immersive, interactive installation format that encourages empathy between the viewer and the artwork. It poses questions about what it means to be human in the twenty-first century, and the ways in which our understanding of ourselves will be changed by contemporary developments in biotechnology. Wave Writer examines the human urge to make a mark, to leave a trace of one’s presence. Visitors to the exhibition in Tallinn will interact directly with Trish Adams’ installation through a Kymograph – a machine invented in the 1840’s that was used extensively in various scientific disciplines. Individuals physically impress and transfer their energies by stepping on a foot pedal, displacing a pen and thus recording their presence as a change in the continuous line on a rotating ream of paper.