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Dan Steinhilber



This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Steinhilber's untitled, kinetic piece consists of a 30-by-50-foot tarp, industrial fans, and other miscellany. The tarp, situated length-wise, is rigged to a garage-door opener that lifts and lowers it; simultaneously, the fans blow the tarp, producing a wave effect. Standing nearby, one feels as though about to be engulfed by a wave. Yet the fans' hum and the whining of the door-opener thwart any real associations with nature. It is as if the ebb and flow of water have been, ironically, transformed into a clattering, awkward machine, making the viewer feel somewhat uneasy.


Factory Installed: September 10, 2006 – January 28, 2007
About The Artist

Dan Steinhilber received his BFA from the Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, WI. He received his MFA from American University in Washington, DC.

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