As working in a historic industrial site of Ziker Dry Cleaners in South Bend, IN, I try to bring the existing space, which includes the building itself, other artworks, and the people in the building, into view. In The Thickness of The Now* is composed of suspended mirrors, and 3 projections of 2 live-feed videos and a video of a text describing a group photo of 38 people who worked here in 1930. Reﬂecting surround views of the space, the suspended mirrors slowly spin. Those reﬂections randomly cast back and forth among neighboring mirrors. Simultaneously the mirrors throw projections back as they spin. As a result, these fragmented views of the space orbit through various surfaces of the space, fusing diﬀerent perspectives, presence, and times together.
Through this project, I invite an audience to become agents to see, to show, and to reﬂect the presence of the space.
*The title is from Karen Barad’s lecture.