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The Red Show
Interactive installation, 2001
Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON, 2001
The Red Show blurs the line between the body as a scientific object and a sensual object, and the line between specimen and scientist. The installation looks like a laboratory. Small glass jars and test-tubes are arranged on stainless steel tables and shelves. Each vessel contains an x-ray image of human body parts, juxtaposed with a more sensual image of a woman’s naked upper body, and have been assigned specimen numbers. They are intended to be examined by spectators. A television monitor adjacent to the specimen table displays and records their hands as they examine the jars and tubes. Emanating is the distorted sound of an echocardiogram, suggesting the presence of the equipment recording the heart.