Untitled (lizard eye)

This video installation was installed in an elevator at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn, New York during the 2007 Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival. The piece consisted of a portable DVD player inside a metal box attached to the inside of the elevator just above the buttons. The DVD player showed a short video of a lizard's eye slowly opening and closing, its pupil dilating and contracting as it appeared to watch the elevator's passengers. The disembodied eye referenced not only surveillance in a traditional sense, but also a kind of "scientific gaze" and the notion of watching as a means to create factual knowledge about the world around us.