Zhiwan Cheung

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Mines’ Eye

Security Cameras, Motors, PS3 Eye, Custom software
Site Specific Installation
2014
The mind’s eye refers to the human ability to “gaze” with the mind. The syntactical shift in the title from the “mind’s” to “mines’ ” reflects the breakdown of the personal mind to that of many, especially as the world increasingly becomes interconnected. “Mines’ Eye” seeks out to explore issues of the unequal gaze in juxtaposition to a meditative spa soundtrack.

A grid of cameras installed on the ceiling followed the movement of the viewers below. At the same time, home safety lights installed every two feet illuminated the floor, generating a contrasting feeling of security on the ground and nervous ticking cameras above.

“Mines’ Eye” was supported in part by funding from the Carnegie Mellon University Frank-Ratchye Fund For Art @ the Frontier and GuSH Research Funding.

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