Unconditional Surrender, 2008
Mixed media installation
Five video projectors and mounts, five strobe lights, five tone relays, five-channel video binloop, cabling, and construction of aluminum, wood, and MDF board
Dimensions of spiral room: approx. 26.5 ft. at widest diameter and approx. 12 ft. high
Edition of two and one artist’s proof
Unconditional Surrender is a mixed-media work incorporating computer-generated images and hyper bursts of extreme light. Five projections create a continuous 360-degree view of dark abstract space on a circular wall measuring approx. 26.5 ft. in diameter and 9 ft. high. Mounted on top of the circular wall is an aluminum suspension system on which the five projectors and strobe lights are mounted, consisting of a central pentagonal plate with five spokes of aluminum channel radiating to the perimeter of the circle. The entire structure is reminiscent of a wheel in which the viewer enters.Perhaps from an imaginary horizon, projected points of light slowly emerge, enlarge, and come into focus as heavy “steel” wheels, rolling towards the viewer with a sense of slow inevitability. As the wheel(s) pass “through” the viewer, a momentary burst of extreme light fills the eye, space, and presence, merging a virtual mindscape with an instance of physicality.
“Gary Hill / It’s Turtles All the Way Down,” in SITU / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France, October 25 – December 13, 2008.
“Gary Hill: Circumstances/Circunstâncias,” MIS - Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil, January 19 – March 21, 2010. (Note: A slightly different version of the work was shown in this exhibition and titled Unconditional Surrender (Circumstance) – Sao Paulo version.)
Gary Hill:o lugar sem o tempo / taking time from place. Rio de Janeiro: Contra Capa Livraria / Mag Mais, 2009, p. 97 (photo).