James Clar | The Lawnmower Man (2016)
James Clar is an American visual artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative affects of technology itself.
James Clar, media art, lighting art, light art, pop art, interactive art, led art, minimal, installation, 3d cube, jamesclar, light and space, new media, American visual artist, medium, dissociative, disruptive technology, technology
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The Lawnmower Man

(2016)
projector, video, lightbulb, microcontroller
dimensions variable
 

A projection of a lightswitch turning on and off appears coordinated to the on and off of a real lightbulb. The suggestion here is that the ‘virtual’ projected switch controls the ‘real’ physical lightbulb.

The Lawnmower Man references the early 1990’s film that ends with a human uploading his conscious to the Internet. At this point the virtual controls the real.

The lightbulb and switch turn on and off in a pattern, using Morse code to spell the artist’s name.
 
Exhibited:
“False Awakenings”, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York