Benign Nor Hostile, Merely Indifferent is designed to examine human relationships to the physical world as mediated by technological interactions and scientific observation. This piece is an elaborate means of viewing or not viewing a microcosmic struggle that is beyond the control of the individual viewer. A critical exploration of a societal fascination with digitized experience, Benign Nor Hostile, Merely Indifferent offers a glimpse into the changing nature of human relationships to our origins.
Benign Nor Hostile, Merely Indifferent is comprised of three systems:
1. Customized programming designed to analyze sound levels in individual quadrants of the gallery and convert them into digital signals and graphics representative of the frequency and loudness of sounds produced by viewers.
2. Purpose-built UV illumination system that converts the digital signals into UV light outputs.
3. E. coli Bacteria that have undergone a transgenic transformation (genetic modification) allowing them to fluoresce under UV light application. Under UV excitation the bacteria express in green and red.