Article Number: 3921
Soft Cover, English, Glue Binding, 76 Pages, 2002, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst Oldenburg
Jordan Crandall

Trigger Project

Trigger is a video installation that combines eye, camera, and weapon in a psycho-physiology of combat. (Quelle:Artists website) engl./deutsch

It is shot with 16mm film and video from surveillance cameras and military targeting systems. It also uses an eye-tracked synchronization system, which automatically aligns weapon and human gaze. In this case, seeing literally does become firing. With such increasingly automated tracking systems, the status of the "seer" is an open question. Is the camera-weapon manned or unmanned, and where is the body that connects to its viewfinder? As humans become ever more closely integrated with machines, the boundaries are not so easy to draw. Trigger is intended to evoke how we are changing - in form, behavior, and visual orientation - as those changes are connected to the domestication and corporealization of warfare technology. At the core of the project is the cluster of eye, viewfinder, and trigger. It is that place where body and machine meet in a physical or psychological "switch" of some kind, ready for an act of engagement. In this sense, a trigger is not a specific object so much as a metaphor for an activation center between perception, technology, and the pacings of the body.