Clint Wilson

carousel, 2009

2 channel counter panning video projectons

Carousel emerged from my observations of the habitual circular behavior of two captive female Timber Wolves. My time with the animals suggested an analogy to Jeremy Bentham's 19-century development of the Panopticon. a structure of surveilance through which observation and control occurs from a place of invisibility, where the subject cannot escape the gaze of the observer and yet is unable to return the gaze. It is this ambivalent relationship between captor and captive subject that charges this work with a sense of strangeness and disorientation as the central positioning of the viewer complicates this dynamic by asking whether our fascination with these animals has the potential to mask the circumstances of the conditions under which they live.