Stephen Takacs | Artist
Nod to the Notion of Revealing the Hand of the Maker
two channel video
For this piece, three friends and I applied electrodes to our arms. The electrodes were attached to a device capable of delivering randomly modulating patterns of electrical impulses. Each pulse was physically felt and could, depending on the intensity of the pulse, cause one’s muscles to contract. Each participant was able to vary the intensity of the pulses to their own comfort levels. One at a time, we each took turns drawing four basic forms — a triangle, a circle, a square and a spiral. The electrical pulses disrupted our ability to draw the shapes “normally” but simultaneously created new and unique marks. The electrodes, like most technological developments, both helped and hindered our ability to create.

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