In recent years, Nina Leo, a Canadian born, Buffalo based artist, has been producing work that investigates the effects of humanity’s disconnect from the sensorial real due to the advancement of technology and cultural media. Of particular interest are the resulting redefinition of intimacy, the construction of or willing engagement with seclusion, and the new methodologies of communication. Her often witty and subtly powerful work fits very well into the theme of Beyond/In WNY 2010, as it, in each manifestation, offers us alternative way of experiencing our environment. Her piece, Acoustic Locator, an interactive sculptural installation situated on the plaza of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, is based on an original human powered radar system used during World War I. Here it very effectively allows passersby a metaphorical reclaiming of individual power by offering an opportunity to turn a tool of surveillance on our watchers, each other, and even ourselves.
On view at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Library
To hear the artist’s audio statement, click the audio player below: