June 11, 2008
Light is a looping fourteen-minute digital animation projected down and aslant, as if the image were cast from light coming in a window. As it plays, shadowy forms show people being cast down from the sky. Birds flit by and land, untouched, and various consumer goods, large and small, float upwards: cell phones, bikes, a train, and eventually a SUV. The animation is framed by a cruciform telephone pole with cell phone antenna attachments – a very apt retrofitting. The overt reference (supplied by Chan and mentioned in the curatorial text) is to the Rapture and to a particular day in September 2001, but perhaps the heaven for devices that the piece suggests is also what would be left after the detestation of a neutron bomb. What if our earbuds and smart phones don’t rise up and overthrow us in the paroxysm of the singularity, but instead are saved and taken up – when our names are nowhere to be found in the iBook of life?