The Ambush

A 1991 electronic installation at New Langton Arts in San Francisco. It was a reaction to the directed media coverage of the Gulf War. The installation consisted of a series of “retinal projectors” powered by 1200-watt photographic strobe lights that were triggered by random mechanical switches and imbedded within the walls. When viewers entered the darkened galley, one strobe box after another would fire, leaving a lasting image “burned” into the viewer’s eyes. These retinal images existed in the viewers eyes for up to three minutes, if their were open or shut.

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