Invisible Influenced is a Rorschach test for envisioning the US as the recipient rather than the cause of worldwide events. Contrary to the notion of impervious superpower, the artwork projects the emerging perception that the country is vulnerable to foreign conditions of climate, public opinion, economics and a variety of social institutions. Shape reads, in this case, as the confluence of intercontinental subconscious activity, which is in the process of becoming visible. Users select from foreign sources of news, weather conditions, health conditions, stock indexes, and blogs. Informational sources are chosen for their seeming distance from the US daily experience. Qualitative and quantitative indices found in global internet texts and databases are translated into up to four directional vector magnitude forces surrounding the continent. The US map silhouette then responds and distorts according to elastic physics properties programmed to its perimeter. The test mode allows the forces to act for a limited period of time; the drift mode allows the map to continue to transform until the program is reset.
with funds from the Jerome Foundation