[ISEA97] Artist Statement: Tammy Knipp – Case Study #309

Artist Statement

This project can best be described as a computer aid video/kinetic-sculpture installation. The physical structure of the piece is made up of 2 separate units, identical in construction. Each unit consists of the following: 19″ video monitor encased in a 2’x 2’x 2′ wooden box suspended 2.5′ from the floor with the support of chains, video screen facing downward. Chains are attached overhead to a vertical wood metal construction measuring 4’w x 4’d x 11’h, simulated auto-mechanic creepers (the viewing vehicle) with attached computer driven electronic massage units The intended viewing perspective of each unit is from beneath. The participants are invited to lay backside-down on the creepers and roll under the suspended video monitors. Both units are assembled and fabricated in an identical fashion; however, each unit contains different video sequence correlating to a particular physical sensation created by the electronic motors. The motion depicted on the video corresponds to the rhythmic motion (e.g. massage devices). Both units are controlled by an electronic activated auxiliary devices utilizing time code.
Through the use of mixed media, immediate perceptions are altered, thereby creating multi-sensory experiences. The installation subverts the traditional viewing perspective to a vulnerable (horizontal) position, while also blurring the line between two-dimensional time-based imagery and three-dimensional tactile experience. Both visual and audio elements of the video pieces are simultaneously experienced in the physical domain, thus challenging perceptions of reality through illusion.

  • Tammy Knipp (U.S.A.) is an artist and Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. She holds a M.F.A. in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland (1996) and a M.F.A in Sculpture from Washington University, St. Louis, Mi5510 (1987).She was a 1995-1996 fellow recipient of Art Matters, and was awarded a Carole Fielding Grant from The University Film and Video Association. Her work was exhib­ited at SIGGRAPH ’97 Ortgoings, Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles,CA. She will also be presenting her work and a paper entitled Reality Virtually Perceived at CAA (College Art Association 86th. Annual Conference) Toronto, Canada, February 25-28,1998. Her work has been shown in New York City, Indianapolis, IN, Austin, TX, Cleveland, OH, Kansas City, MO, Mesa, AZ and at the Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA and at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL. Through interdisciplinary approaches, she creates video kinetic sculpture installations whereby multi-sensory experiences are created.