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Sunday, September 19, 2004

ACCIDENTAL ART INSTALLATION #1

Next door must've just had a rear porch-light put in: right now, it's shining onto the side of our garage like a film-projector. The light passes through some non-descript mongrel of a bush that hangs over the garden fence, and creates a really strange effect...

It resembles a Magic Lantern Show, or an Indonesian Shadow Theatre (Darryl'll know what they're called...): the bush is moving gently in the wind, so layer upon layer of leaves are passing over each other to create a mobile, ever-changing lattice-work of shadows. They're also very slightly blurred, because the bush is the wrong distance from the light-source, so this adds to the hallucinatory, dream-like quality of the image. It reminds me a bit of Gysin's Dream-Machine: as you watch it your brain starts to create its own imaginary narrative, a subliminal REM mythology...

In a matter of seconds, I (thought I) saw monkey-skeletons having sex, and Renaissance Style winged Cherubs, but with enormous, extended craniums...

Then a profound sense of suburban paranoia came over me: what a neighbour was watching me watching the light-show...? I suddenly felt ashamed, as if I'd been caught smoking crack in the potting-shed, and quickly scuttled indoors.

I've just peeped out through the curtains, but it's vanished now; the light's gone out and I feel strangely depressed. It was by far the best accidental art installation I've ever seen.