Give Them Distance
Give them Distance, a projected video and mirror-sculpture installation, explores the paradoxical coexistence of entropy and the infinite. Created from hundreds of slides discarded by a university Earth and Planetary Science department, the looped video animates a journey from Earth, through the solar system and space, returning to our planet via fallen meteorites. The accompanying audio is the degraded sound from a super-8 film, Walt Disney’s 1979 sci-fi The Black Hole. Juxtaposed with the video is a mirrored infinity box sculpture, which becomes activated when a viewer peers into it, reflecting the exterior space in infinite form: placing the viewer and space in a sense of infinity. By employing the conditions of entropy and infinity, the aim of the installation is to point to the challenges of comprehending the cosmos and what lies beyond our perception.
All images courtesy Vivian Cooper Smith.