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Much of Modernist philosophy, practice, and aesthetics can be characterized by a deep sense of paranoia. Arising during World War I and continuing through World War II, Modernist artists, philosophers, and designers saw their fare share of atrocity and sociopolitical unrest. Entire groups, such as the Bauhaus, were run out of their countries for their ideologies and aesthetics, but Modernist paranoia was not only war related. There was a constant questioning of the past and a fear of being derivative. The poet Ezra Pound's 1934 injunction to "Make it new!” became the mantra of the movement. The cultural procedures of this generation were always proving their “newness” and how it rejected traditional forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, philosophy, social organization, activities of daily life, and even the sciences.
This climate is not too different from our current situation, with paranoia at an all time high. The Interrogation lamp embodies this fear and paranoia packaged in a slick, minimal modernist object. The lamp is constructed of two-way mirrored glass, the same material used as a divider between the suspect and the profilers as seen in every cop drama. Two-way mirrored glass is a mirror that is partially reflective and partially transparent. When one side of the mirror is brightly lit and the other is dark, it allows viewing from the darkened side but not vice versa. When the bulb inside the glass cube is off, the entire object becomes opaque and mirrored. When the light is turned on, the cube becomes transparent as it seems to disappear and the light bulb becomes visible.
The lamp consists of three simple parts:
• a mirrored cube with the bottom face open
• a wooden base with a routed groove for the cube to slide into • a lightbulb and fixture embedded into the wooden base
Material List: (per unit)
• 6” x 6” x 2” wooden block
• 5 (6” x 6” x 6”) two-way mirrored acrylic with mirror-grade acrylic coated on one side with
• 100 Watt incandescent bulb
• 1 edison screw socket with cord
• gathering of all materials and tools • completion of wooden bases
• completion of glass cubes
• assembly of all components
• presentation of finished lamp • public program