John Roach

WAH Transmissions
Special Choice Book Arts 2
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center
Brooklyn, New York
December 2010

This installation was a rethinking of a piece I created in 1999 and then reworked 2005 called Transmissions from Beyond.  A visitor is confronted with a video image of a ghostly book that turns its own pages. Upon further investigation the source of the image is found: a sculpture containing a book and four fans that are timed to blow the pages back and forth with a camera dangling above it.

In "WAH Transmissions" sound became a vital element. Shadows created by the turn- ing pages trigger a motor that twiddles the knob of a radio creating a collage of radio frequencies that are synchronized with the turning pages.

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