Wind/How Many Fingers?
Liam Morgan, 2018
Prepared Lighting, Fan
This work makes use of an encompassing light effect that alters human perception of movement. This effect on our vision is used to affect a disconnect between our senses of Sight, Sound and Touch.
A typical fan is used as a point of motion-reference. The fan, being such a familiar object, with a familiar function, becomes the trigger that points to the apparent disconnect of the senses: our ears and skin tell us that the blades of the fan are spinning very fast, as we can hear it spinning and we can feel the wind that it is blowing, but our eyes tell us that the fan-blades are not moving, or are moving in seemingly impossible ways. The shock of this disconnect forces a questioning within each audience; it causes people to question the immediate reality of where they are. From this questioning, people often begin to perform improvised tests of the nature of this new and unexpected environment by means of observing the movement of their own body and the bodies of other people in the space.
The work considers how we receive the external world via our senses and looks at an inherent human need to normalise and understand an unfamiliar situation.