by Stanley Kaplan
IMAGE gallery presents Blow Hot and Cold, a major Interactive Installation by Do Something Good; Exhibition to Open November 8th, 2015.
Do Something Good is an Incubation Collective primarily focused on realizing interactive experiences that arise at the cross section of art and technology; driven with the purpose of creating unique transformative experiences.
Within the portfolio of interactive work created by Do Something Good, Blow Hot and Cold is the first piece to manifest itself outside the digital realm. It is an immersive interactive installation that invites audiences to interact with the work, prompting individuals to take a stance on their political beliefs.
The work consists of a single flag surrounded by eight electrical fans. Printed on the flag is a life-sized politician running in the upcoming election. Each fan represents an opposing political opinion currently dividing the political landscape: Gun Laws, Climate Change, Health Care, and Abortion.
Each issue represented by two opposing fans, one for and one against. Processing the sentiment of tweets in real-time, the power of each fan rises and falls based on the support that issue receives online. As each issue fluctuates, so too does the form of the political flag in the center. Visitors are invited to interact with the installation by walking between the flag and the fans and shift the winds.
Visitors are invited to interact with the installation by walking between the flag and the fans and shift the winds.
Ultimately, Blow Hot and Cold explores the relationship of individuals within the political system in the United States, the installation creates a physical space between the virtual swell of opinion and the individual.
Stanley Kaplan lives in New York City where he paints as well as writes. He is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Foundation grant.