Monday, November 26, 2012

Zero1 Biennial "The Future Imagined What's Next"
PAI San Francisco, CA
November 9-January 15 2013

Test Negative


I.   Novartis-2
II.  Novartis-3
III. Novartis +UCSF

“… all these layers of meaning and form, of visibility and invisibility lie in one another, on or under one another, before or behind one another; but the truth of this relation is never established, never stabilized in any judgment. “
                          Jacques Derrida- Psyche Inventions of the Other Vol 2

The interrelated pieces of the installation are structures constructed of discarded objects from the research laboratories of Novartis, images of these individual objects and their sections, and images from breast cancer research conducted at UCSF.

Each piece draws on one of its elements as the resource for the others.

In a row, successive translucent and opaque objects are stacked on top of each other creating layers through which the video images radiate from the bottom.

The tension created this way is between the layers, between clarity and obscurity, between object (material) and image (optical appearance). While the objects provide a solid, static structure the images are pulsating, changing and moving forward.

Neither the objects nor images have been altered or manipulated from their original states, but rather, systematically and deliberately combined into a new whole.

Theodora Varnay Jones
Penny Olson

The video portion of the piece can be seen online at

Special thanks to Rosa Anna DeFilippis UCSF

Installation View-1
Installation View-2