January 24, 2009 - March 28, 2009 // OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles
The Future Imaginary
Douglas Repetto
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Distribute Squirrel Cage for Parallel Processing

Humans are invited to write obsessive thoughts on scraps of paper, deposit them in squirrel cages, and turn the crank, thus offloading the actual work of obsessing to the mechanism. This cutting-edge apparatus applies the latest techniques in distributed, massively parallel processing to the age-old problem of broken human minds.

The squirrel cage designs are based on photos I took in the eastern Upper Peninsula in Michigan. The sources are: a grape arbor made from saplings, an unidentified tentacle fossil, seed pods, a waterfall, flowers, unidentified animal tracks in sand, a coral fossil.

Fly Away (Not Going Very Far)

A Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) in a rusty cage has its picture taken every five minutes. A raw LCD monitor plays a loop of the accumulated images, speeding up the slow folding and unfolding of the plant's leaves to a human timescale. An invitation to misunderstand.