End Light, premiering at ArtPrize in 2016 at the UICA, is a hybrid video and sculptural work. The video was shot in a massive automated library storage system, in which books are retrieved by a robot crane. A man who is captive in a room above this vault receives communication only via books that his son requests that the crane deliver to him. He finally escapes by riding the crane into the heart of the vault. Outside the video gallery is a sculpture structured by large stainless steel bins used in the storage vault. These bins are pierced by fluorescent tubes that serve as grow lights for ferns, a rhizomatic plant. These works explore a cultural shift, accelerated by globalization, technology, and the internet, from the Enlightenment project’s collection and hierarchical categorization, organization, and storage of knowledge via science, math, and reason to the rhizomatic dispersal of knowledge and the breaking down and escape from rigid hierarchies and organization.
- Art form: Time-Based
- Medium: Video, steel, electronics, plants, lights
- Year created: 2016