String Theory and religion both rely on faith. String Theory has blurred the line between faith and science while still criticizing religion for its lack of testable results. Eleven Dimensions of Faith references experiments conducted with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) meant to detect dark matter by testing the decay of the Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle.” Deriving its name from the eleven dimensions a string supposedly occupies, Eleven Dimensions of Faith mimics the indirectness of the LHC testing by hanging a painting of a string so that it faces toward the ceiling. The painting is only viewable through a series of mirrors. Looking through the periscope the viewer is unable to clearly see the whole painting. The viewer is left to speculate as to what the entire painting looks like. A mystery is followed by the joy of solving it. After a private viewing of the painting through the periscope the viewer looks to see how the series of mirrors works. Even though the viewer is sure as to what the painting looks like he must still rely on faith because he has never directly seen the painting. Eleven Dimensions of Faith questions the perception of reality with an untestable belief, calling attention to String Theory’s reliance on unprovable math while hypocritically criticizes religion for its unverifiable convictions. Eleven Dimensions of Faith shows that faith in either the universe or a deity, “Divine” is the belief in something greater than oneself.
Social media has taken the self-portrait and made it profuse, renaming it the “Selfie.” In jest the #Helpie turns the “selfie” into a partnership lampooning social media platforms’ ability to make communities more connected while isolating the individual. In order to take a “selfie,” #Helpie requires someone else to crank a generator located across the room from a photo of a landscape that lights up for the portrait taker to stand in front of. The entire act is made pointless because the landscape is the easily accessed view near the #Helpie. #Helpie uses analogue devices to support digital technological habits as an allegory that it is another’s individual attention that fosters a connection whether in person, though a letter, or over the web.
I placed two hundred free paintings across Kansas City, wrapped and ready to hang, for passersby to find. These paintings were left at public meeting spaces. Once a painting was found, a note on the back will ask the finder to send a picture of their new painting, hanging in their home to me via email.
Plz! Despoil My Art
Plz! Despoil My Art encourages the viewer to destroy my art. The viewer must choose between a memory or a reminder.