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lacma swing set

Artist: Jennifer Steinkamp
Anything You Can Do,  Swing Set
Soundtrack and Audio Programming:
Jimmy Johnson
Artistic Engineering:
Antonio Gonella
Screen 7.5 x 10 feet, Room 20 x 40 feet
1 Panasonic L797 2200 lumen projector, 2 G4s, quad sound, 1 Icube
Photo credit:
Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy ACME, Los Angeles and greengrassi, London.
Exhibition History: 

  1. Made in California: NOW,  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA Lab, Los Angeles, California, curated by Robert Sain and Lynn Zelevansky, September 7, 2000 - September 3, 2001.
  2. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon, October 11, 2008 - January 11, 2009.

Description:  As viewers swing on one of two swings a projected video image and soundtrack changes or swings along. While on the other side of the screen, visitors may respond to the ambient pulse of the piece by casting their dancing shadows upon the screen.  Each swing  controls a layer of the image and has its own soundtrack. The swings were rigged with sensors, for back and forth and side to side motion. As the swing moved back and forth the image layer appeared to move back and forth as well. While the swing moved side to side the image would skew sideways. There were progressively changing sounds for each of the movements. The viewer's experience was heightened through bodily participation and play.
Lynn Zelevansky, Made in California: NOW, (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2000).
Part of the Collection:
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon