Shift

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VIII, no. 4, p. 12, March/April 1997:

In concert with the third annual Electronic Arts Festival at the Western Front, the Exhibitions Program presents a new sculpture by Daniel Jolliffe. Jolliffe is a Vancouver based artist who produces works that use electronic systems contained within sculptural frameworks that sense human actions such as movement.

Part technology, part object, Shift  involves more than a point and click notion of interactivity. The work brings into experiential focus relationships between the art object, the viewers body and the act of “viewing.”

Shift involves a small platform and a large bowl located at some distance from each other. Standing on the platform, the visitor is able to transmit his/her movements across the room to the bowl, which responds via a radio system within the sculpture. The viewer’s action is that once involved in the control of the sculpture, and displaced across the room by this same control.

Not merely a slave of the viewer’s desire, Shift demands that the viewer consider their own movement, as well as their illusory, electronically created sense of control.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council.