Kari Altman’s How to Hide Your Plasma is by far my favorite installation ever.
“Free and ubiquitous 3d models of handheld materials (tactile icons) are set to an illusion of monumental size inside a rendered gallery room experienced only through scaled-down documentation. A single blob of clear plasma moves through this selected sequence of forms, and the walls of this alleged room are skinned with synthetic abstract imagery chosen in an attempt to resemble the form’s usual apparition, much like 3D modeling software in which an image skin is applied to give the naked form a recognizable appearance. Like an alien interpretation of essential devices, this presentation takes on the workings of an impossible trap. It suggests that there is a relatable and profound tactile or visual experience to be had, if only one could access the dimension in which to have it.”