Tom's Diner

Anika Todd

Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 4 inches
Medium: Suzanne Vega Record, cardstock, LED light, inkjet print

Sound and video are made physical in the work “Tom’s Diner,” a sculpture that uses a Victorian-era technology (a zeotrope), to animate a human hand performing a magic trick. The record that powers the moving image begins with the song “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega – the first audio track ever digitized as an MP3. The work brings together the parallel moments these technologies were invented, looking to reground digital sound and video in the physical magic of that beginning.

About the Artist:
Anika Todd (b.1992, Boston, MA) examines the implications of the human impulse to survey, to organize, and to dominate in response to that which is uncomfortably unknown. Through sculpture and video, Todd reconfigures materials and imaging techniques historically used for surveilling and controlling public space. By refocusing these technologies for public/playful use, she seeks to forge new space within systems that oppress, segment, and compartmentalize in order to control.

Monday Nov 5 2018