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Death, Decay, Germination – 7800 Lumens, LUMEN Festival, Staten Island, NYC, June 2011

Underneath/ enlargement / preserving / water / context / light / educator / interaction

Long pier on Staten Island. Large white table with 50+ small specimen containers, filled with…. small pieces of seaweed, seeds, flowers, sugar, noodles, string, fabric, etc. The table also has an old overhead projector sitting in the center. I walk out to the installation once it starts to get dark. Everything is white: table, projector, me. I start playing…. adding different things to my bowl of water….. watching, playing….I put on a slightly creepy mask, watch the image, then poor it into a plastic bag and attach it to my shirt, each image is captured in a bag. I start over. This continues for about 4 hours. I have lots of interesting interactions with viewers…. wonderful playing sessions with children. Once everything is about gone, the piece ends.

Photos by Vela Phelan & Dirk Adams

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