Spirit Cabinet: there is nothing supernatural about it.
COMPUTER CONTROLLED VIDEO AND LIGHT INSTALLATION WITH SOUND
This piece attempts to recreate the experience of a spirit cabinet
and to bring Houdini back to life. This is accomplished using
the earliest and the latest technologies available: Edison Wax
recordings of Houdini's voice and personal computer technology.
viewer enters the gallery to find a mirror, which on one side
has a mass of technology exposed and on the other an old cabinet.
Placed on top of the cabinet is a piece of paper with a hand
written note that says "My brain will set me free - Harry
Houdini". The viewer hears the ghost like cries somewhat
resembling speech as they observe text appearing mysteriously
on a surface floating above the cabinet. Words like "Pray
- Answer - Tell - Pray, Pray..." appear with corresponding
letters "B - E - L - I..." revealing both a secret
code and possibly a solution for that code simultaneously. Slowly,
a bright light grows mysteriously from behind the cabinet. It's
increasing intensity washes out the words. The light continues
to become brighter until it reaches the point of almost blinding.
Without warning, the light abruptly goes out and from the darkness
we hear a voice, Houdini's voice saying: "Although there
is nothing supernatural about it...I am Harry Houdini".
The cycle begins again with the sounds of the spirit voices
and the presence of the automatic writing.