White Lightning

Air Gallery, London, 1987

In 1987, at Air Gallery, London, Bow Gamelan’s installation, White Lightning, worked with various adaptations of fluorescent light starter motors to cause arhythmic, unpredictable patterns in beams of light coming from under the floor as well as cicada-like clicking sounds as the starters failed to properly connect. These lights mixed with the sudden flashes and smoke from a welder behind huge metal sheets which also caused the metal sheets to shudder like approaching thunder with sheet lightning.