Performance and multimedia installation at Peacock Visual Arts: 22-26 July. Daily 9.30-5.30.
Can you work even while you are asleep? Artist Tobaron Waxman proves with Block of Ice + 1/60, that he can. His impressive performance connecting labour and water ecology is the final part of ‘No Time to Lose’, an exhibition exploring the theme of ‘overwork’.
Waxman’s brain functions like that of a shift worker, i.e. he sleeps during the day and works during the night. The impressive installation Block of Ice + 1/60 involves the artist sleeping in a large hammock suspended from the gallery ceiling, next to a heavy 200 pounds block of ice hanging from the ceiling as well.
While the artist sleeps in the gallery during opening hours, biofeedback from his brainwaves are monitored in a process allowing him to pull images from the internet. The images are subsequently projected onto a block of ice as it melts over the course of the week.
The images are generated through a software program designed by the artist himself, which conducts image searches on the internet based on terms such as ‘labourer’ and ‘water’. The images are collaged in response to his alpha brain waves digitally monitored.
Passing through a filtration system the ice melts into bottles while, at the same time, screen captures of the projection are printed onto labels. Upon waking at night, the artist begins his ‘working day’ by applying the labels to each bottle thus generating an artist’s multiple. The bottles are a unique edition for sale, with proceeds going to not-for-profits concerned with labour and hydrology.
Block of Ice +1/60 reveals the boundaries between social and personal experiences of ‘schedule’ and the notion of 9 to 5 as the minimum “respectable” work hours. It’s an image juxtaposing the ecology of work opposite the fragile balance of the water table.