Too Close to Home

Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
San Francisco, California
April 11 – April 12, 2015

Press Release:

Too Close to Home is a two-day special event of screenings and newly commissioned performances. Bringing together work by artists practicing in a wide range of contexts, the event investigates the notion of the stranger and examines the consequences of our individual and collective relationship to strangeness and how it exists alongside, conflicts with, or even threatens our own sense of home.

Participating artists: Mary Walling Blackburn, Paul Chan, Elizabeth Moran, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Shelly Silver, and Wafaa Yasin

curated by Leila Grothe

Measuring aural disturbances #1

Digital audio recording, presented as an immersive installation
Dimensions variable, runtime 4:27 minutes

This installation presents a seemingly one-sided conversation between a paranormal investigator and a paranormal presence that purportedly exists between a specific triangle of trees. Using speakers embedded throughout the gallery space, the voice of the investigator was programmed to seemingly move through the empty gallery, retracing her steps as she walked around the trees. The audience then is presented with a possible documentation of aural disturbances as well as a new ghostly presence moving through the gallery space.