Untitled Ball
1993
Plywood, proximity sensor, custom electronics, motor, batteries
Dimensions: 30" sphere moving in a room
Untitled Ball is skeptical about interactivity: when a viewer approaches it, it senses their presence and rolls away. With its unceasing avoidance tactics, Untitled Ball tries to question the value and possibilities presented by electronic interactivity.

The viewer is presented only with a wooden ball about a metre high; there is no hint of the technology contained within the wooden shell. Upon sensing someone within its perimeter of comfort, the piece acts as a probabilistic automaton, rolling in one of several possible directions away from the approaching viewer. The resultant way in which Untitled Ball engages the viewer in three-dimensional space tries to explore just how reducible the intangibles of human motion and perception can be, and to what degree technology can mediate or interfere with such decidedly human activities.

Untitled Ball was produced with the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.