This diptych is part of a group of work titled “Normalization of Deviance, To Touch the Face of God.” It sourced from the broadcasted Challenger launch and tragedy, and a broadcasted episode of the children’s show, Punky Brewster, called “Accidents Happen”, which was made the same year in response and designed to perform a kind of at-home-therapy.
This diptych was exhibited in conjunction with an audio and video piece, a text piece, printed and stapled on seven standard pages, and a flag featuring a microscopic image of a slice of a human brain with a degenerative brain disease. The audio shown in the video played on separate speakers on the other side of the space, removed from the video and in the presence of these prints.
To Touch the Face of God [00:73] – (right)
A 73 second exposure of a tv screen playing the broadcasted flight of challenger.
Accidents Happen, Punky [24:21] – (left)
A 24 minute 21 second exposure of a tv screen playing an episode of the children’s show, Punky Brewster, made in the same year as the Challenger explosion. An episode in which the child actors of the show re-enacted the phenomenon of children around the country watching the challenger explosion happen in real time on a tv in their classrooms.