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Peggy Ahwesh: Warm Objects

Start Date: 
Sep 13, 2015
End Date: 
Jan 31, 2016

Peggy Ahwesh's Warm Objects is featured on MAM's outdoor video monitors. The video was produced in close collaboration with the engineering research center MIRTHE (Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment), an organization dedicated to the development of optical trace gas sensing systems. Utilizing MIRTHE's imaging technology, scenes of everyday incidents are transformed by infrared photography into glimpses of our world through an alien lens. Two insertions of on-screen text betray Ahwesh's ominous implications. The first is a meditation on Rudyard Kipling's oft-quoted "Truth is the first casualty of war," while the second takes the form of a hastily crafted e-mail, suggesting that its author has become withdrawn and pessimistic out of fear of some pending disaster. Warm Objects is a portrait of the world in uncertain and paranoid times.

 

This work was carried out in collaboration with researchers of MIRTHE, an NSF sponsored Engineering Research Center. Thanks: Dr. Claire Gmachl, Tiffany Ko, Princeton University.