"Please Empty Your Pockets," 2010
conveyor belt, Mac mini, HD projectors, HD camera
edition of 6, 1 AP
"Please Empty your Pockets" is an installation that consists of a conveyor belt with a computerized scanner that records and accumulates everything that passes under it. The public may place any small item on the conveyor belt, for example keys, ID, wallets, worry beads, condoms, notepads, phones, coins, voodoo dolls, credit cards, etc. Once they pass under the scanner, the objects reappear on the other side of the conveyor belt beside projected objects from the memory of the installation. As a real item is removed from the conveyor belt, it leaves behind a projected image of itself, which is then used to accompany future objects. The piece remembers up
to 600,000 objects which are displayed beside new ones that are added to the installation.
Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.