Terminally Ill

Laura Kikauka

1987, 01:45 minutes, colour


Visiting this installation is similar to visiting a patient in a hospital. Terminally Ill uses pre-recorded video to control electro-mechanical devices in real time. It uses the hospital life support system as a paradigm/framework to remind us of the fragility of our existence. At the same time it addresses the ironies of the life support system using black humour (as well as sophisticated technology). It has been described as "...both hilarious and horrifying at the same time".

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