8 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER 2014
In Transcendental Capacity (Billboard Hot 100s), Jeremy Shaw employs the obscure form of Kirlian photography to record a series of experiments using himself as the basis for testing the unseen visual effects of popular American music. Kirlian photography is a contact-based process used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges that naturally occur around objects – considered by some to be their aura. (1) In complete darkness, Shaw listens through headphones to specific Billboard Hot 100 charts – the definitive list of a single year in American pop music (in this exhibition: 1969, 1984, 2001, 2008). At a certain point during each song, he places his index finger directly on an unexposed piece of Polaroid land-film situated on the copper plate surface of a Kirlian camera device and ignites a high voltage charge from within it - sending an electric shock through the film and into his finger. The process captures a photographic image of both his fingerprint and the unseen electrical coronal discharge that exists around it at that given moment in time, serving as a visual translation of each song’s mediation through his body and its effect, if any, on his aura.
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