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Lehmann Maupin, New York, 2008, photo by Robert Wedemeyer

Brandts Kunsthallen, Brandts, Denmark, 2010, photos by Torben Eskerod

Artist: Jennifer Steinkamp
Title: Daisy Bell
Date: 2008
Dimensions: variable, approx. 8-26 feet high, vertical, fits between edge of floor and ceiling.
Equipment: Mitsubishi projectors, Dell OptiPlex or Logisys computers.
Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer, Courtesy Lehmann Maupin, NY
Exhibition History:

  1. Lehmann Maupin, New York, September 7 - November 1,  2008, exhibited all seasons.
  2. Gala in the Garden, Hammer, Los Angeles, California, October 5, 2008, exhibited end of winter, late spring, spring all, summer all.
  3. Wild Things, Brandts Kunsthallen, Brandts, Denmark,  June 25 - September 19, 2010, curated by Lene Burkard, exhibited all seasons.
  4. KIAF, Seoul, Korea, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Korea, September 22 - 26, 2011, exhibited summer all.

Description:  The title, Daisy Bell, refers to a particular moment in the history of science and culture: 1962, Bell Labs used the IBM 704 computer to voice synthesize the popular 19th-century English song of the same name. The song was also used in the climactic scene of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which the supercomputer HAL 9000 begins to sing daisy daisy as his consciousness is degraded.
The Daisy Bell series is comprised of a variety of poisonous flowers that appear to cascade down the gallery walls.
Part of the Collection: Bank of America, New York, New York.

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Daisy Bell
composed by Harry Dacre, 1892

There is a flower within my heart
Daisy, Daisy
Planted one day by a glancing dart
Planted by Daisy Bell
 
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it's hard to tell
But there are those that would share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell
 
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two
 
We will go 'tandem' as man and wife
Daisy, Daisy
Wheeling away down the road of life
I and my Daisy Bell
 
When the nights dark, we can both despise
Policemen and lamps as well
There are bright lights in the dazzling eyes
Of beautiful Daisy Bell

(Ending of the Edward M. Favor version)
 
I will stand by you in "wheel" or woe
Daisy, Daisy
You'll be the bell(e) which I'll ring you know
Sweet little Daisy Bell
 
You'll take the lead in each trip we take
Then if I don't do well
I will permit you to use the brake
My beautiful Daisy Bell.

Poisonous and toxic flowers included in the work:
allamanda 
amaryllis lily 
anemones 
anthuriums 
autum crocus 
azalea 
belladonna 
bittersweet 
bleeding heart 
blue bonnet 
buttercups ranunculus 
cala lilies 
carolina jessamine 
castor oil plant 
chinaberry 
christmas rose 
chrysanthemum 
clematis 
convolvulus morning glory 
cowslips 
crocus 
daffodil 
daisy bellis perennis 
daphne 
delphiniums larkspur 
firewheels 
four o'clock 
foxglove 
gladioli 
glory lily 
goldenrod 
goldenseal 
hemlock 
henbane 
hollyhock 
hyacinths 
hypericum 
indian paint brush 
iris 
ivy 
jimsonweed 
laburnum tree 
lantana 
lilies 
lily of the valley 
lobelia 
marigold 
matilija poppy 
mayapple 
milkweed 
mistletoe 
mountain laurel 
mugwort 
nightshade bittersweet 
oleander 
oriental poppy 
persian buttercups ranunculous 
physic nut 
poinsettia 
pokeweed 
poppies 
primrose 
privet 
sambucus elderberry 
snowdrops 
spring adonis 
star of bethlehem 
tiger lily 
tobacco flowering nicotiana alata
trout lily 
trumpet vine 
tulips 
violets (pansy) 
white snakeroot 
windflower 
wisteria 
wolfsbane 
yarrow

 

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