daniel alexander smith

Beacon (video excerpt of installation), 2017

Inspired by Bruegel the Elder's medieval painting of the blind leading the blind, Beacon projects the light of an unseeing eye, digitally reconstructed as a ghosted hologram on a paper-thin scaffold. Just as when, "the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit," Beacon offers no direction. Rather, it rolls wildly, synchronized to the sound of the robotic razor blade that shaped its sculptural form.
The sculpture explores blindness as an allegory for the relationship between technology and culture. Whereas once cultural values guided technological innovation, today technology drives cultural values.