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And the Transformation Reveals curated by Camille Hong XinHand-held, 2012

Hand-held, 2012

David Rokeby - Toronto, Canada

This work occupies the exhibition space in the manner of a sculpture, but is initially invisible. Your hands, with a great degree of articulation and high concentrations of nerve endings, are your active agents with which to explore the space.

When your hands move into the space as part of the sculpture, an image of an object appears on the skin of your hands and fingers as though they were physically present there. Moving your hands around allows you, the audience, to discover the extent of the object and its relationship with things around it.

As you approach an object, it is at first blurry, then comes into focus as your hands comes closer. Some objects will move as you pass through them as though a short sequence of video frames is spread through space. In other cases, you see a fluid series of cross-sections of the interior of the object as you pass through it. The invisible sculpture is built largely of hands and of virtual objects that are held.

The hands touch each other and pass objects between them in social, practical, financial and symbolic gestures. It is a network of invisible communications haunted by specters of tactility and intimacy, through which the audience increasingly convey information, conduct transactions and relate to each other.

David Rokeby has been creating pioneering interactive installations with computers since 1982. His work is known for addressing issues of digital surveillance and for a critical examination of the differences between human and artificial intelligence. His installations have been exhibited extensively in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including museum shows, retrospectives and Biennales. In 2002, Rokeby was awarded a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Interactive Art.

Interactive Installation


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Church of the Holy Trinity

19 Trinity Square

Suitable for all ages

This project is indoors.