see everything truly amazing (thoughtography)
PHOTOGRAPHY / NET ART / PERFORMANCE
We take for granted the speed at which images of any place or thing are available to us. Using Google's Image Search, we are only a few keystrokes away from seeing anything we can think of.
These photographs are an attempt to take an experience currently taken for granted and return it to its unbelievable (spiritual) state.
In 1854 at the birth of Spiritualism in upstate NY, the Davenport
brothers climbed into a box they called a Spirit cabinet and
communicated with otherworldly spirits. People didn't understand the trick so they believed. In 1964 a Chicago
bellhop named Ted Serios discovered the unbelievable ability
to produce images on Polaroid film using only his mind. Thoughtography. His images, a record of the unbelievable. A document of faith.
lock myself in a room size box alone, armed with a
Polaroid camera and a chair to sit in. The box is a crudely
assembled room constructed of plywood and two by fours. It
is propped up on saw horses to show that there are no wires
connected to it, no trap doors built in or any trap floors by which I can escape. 150 years ago this box would have been called a Spirit Cabinet.
Once inside alone, I concentrate on something that I want to see. A target image. Utilizing wireless networked technology hidden in the box I access Google's Image Search, release the shutter, expose the film, and exit with a photograph of that thing. Thoughtography.
Think of the image, see the image. Unbelievable just like Ted Serios.