Fair-weather Forces (sun:light)

Germaine Koh

BIRTH YEAR 1967
BIRTH PLACE Georgetown, Malaysia
DEATH YEAR --

Acting as an intervention into the existing lighting system of the gallery, Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh’s Fair-weather Forces (sun:light) uses sensors, a microcontroller, and electronic circuits to control the interior lights of the space in direct relation to changing, real-time exterior light levels, effectively defeating the purpose of artificial lighting. As a conceptual artist, Koh’s work is concerned with the significance of everyday actions, familiar objects, and common places. This work is from her series Fair-weather Forces, which consists of architectonic interventions that suggest a reciprocal relationship between human behavior and natural phenomena.

MEDIUM Intervention with sensors, microcontroller, electronic circuits, existing lighting system and natural conditions
DATE 2005
DIMENSIONS Installation
ACCESSION NUMBER 2006.06.05
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program, Glen A. Bloom, and OAG's Art Rental and Sales Service Volunteers, 2006
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
An in stalation peice acts as an intervention into existing lighting system of the Gallery space. Using sensors, a microcontroller and electronic circuits, the interior lights of a space are controlled in direct relation to changing, real-time exterior light levels, effectively defeating the purpose of artificial lighting.

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