Dreamcatchers (Night Blooming Cereus)

interactive single channel video installation, 2013

Night blooming cereuses open when movement is detected, and slowly close when no motion is detected.

“From afar, Dreamcatcher, 2013, appears static—a strange tropical bud jutting from a pale green and pink stalk. The blooming process seems suspended indefinitely, but as the viewer takes a few strides closer a cocoon of red spikes unfurls to reveal delicate white petals surrounding a chorus of tiny yellow and white stamen. The viewer determines whether the motion-activated flower palpitates hesitantly or rapidly blossoms. This disruption of the expected relationship between media and viewer emphasizes how the pace of human observation determines our understanding and consumption of nature.”
-Tasia Kastanek, Pelican Bomb