Surface Tension (1992) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is currently on display in Gund Gallery. An image of a giant human eye follows viewers when they walk by a plasma screen. The piece subverts traditional notions of observing art; instead of humans simply looking at the work, the art watches the viewers as well. Surface Tension implicitly guides viewers around the gallery, affecting their movement with its watchful eye.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Surface Tension, 1992, Plasma or rear-projection screen, computerized surveillance system, custom-made software
Amy Shirer ’18