Prototype, 1989 by Max Dean
Prototype is a kinetic closed-circuit installation that is to be seen through a ground floor storefront window. The work uses a closed-circuit video camera linked to two monitors mounted on a metal stand. The video camera is located just inside the store window and is focused out onto the sidewalk. The monitors are supported by arms extending from the metal base. The arms can revolve together or independently around the base in either direction and at various speeds. The horizontal circular path of the arms brings the monitors within six inches of the walls and eighteen inches of the storefront window. The sculpture is activated when a viewer places his hands on the two paper cut-outs of hands mounted on the store window. These cut-out hands also position the participant so that the video camera frames the viewer’s head. The image of the viewer’s head appears on both monitor screens that face out onto the street. Initially both arms revolve together but after a predetermined period a random sequence of speeds and directions is introduced. As the monitors continue to revolve the video images becomes distorted. The image of the viewer will morph and the viewer’s face with be elongated and pulled in various directions. As soon as the viewer removes their hands from the cut-outs the mechanism moves to the rest position and stops.