This from PSFK: If you want to see ghosts, you just may get a sign from the afterlife at artist Fernando Orellana‘s “Shadows” exhibit. For the interactive installation, Orellana employs objects from the recently deceased to lure them back to play. The paranormal playground includes tools to detect the ghosts when and if they return.
For the exhibit, Orellana, a New York-based new media artist, gathered items from estate sales to allow spirits to return to their treasured belongings. He then employed ghost-sensing technology often used in paranormal research to monitor the return of the deceased. Orellana outfitted the items with devices to measure sudden fluctuations in temperature, infrared, and electromagnetic readings to offer insight into any paranormal happenings.
Items in the exhibit include handmade incense, a mineral collection, candlestick holders, a painting, a hammer, a peanut butter making machine, a bell, dolls, recipes and books. Using the robotic devices, the items are equipped to signal their owners’ return in unique ways. The bell, for instance, rings when paranormal activity is detected, while the hammer hits a nail, and the peanut butter machine, makes, well, peanut butter. The robots are triggered into action when changes occur on two of the three paranormal measuring devices – temperature, infrared and electromagnetic readings.
Although Orellana has yet to see spirits at play on the devices, museum visitors can take a stab at operating some of the robots themselves using iPad controls if they so choose. Guests are given the choice to take a leap of faith that the deceased will return and operate the robots, or they can exercise a disbelief in ghosts and launch the robotic devices themselves.
One item in “Shadows” – a player piano – operates on a regular basis, playing the song “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” every 90 minutes. You can take a walk through the paranormal playground at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, where “Shadows” is on exhibit through January 11, 2015.