Lumen Essence Show Raided
"They came in with guns drawn!" reported Ernest
DeLara, the security guord at One Main Street in Brooklyn,
describing the raid on the "Lumen Essence" show.
The show was raided by officers of the ASPCA in
response to a comp1aint about "Waffe des Schicksa1," a 1aser
installation by artist Peter Terezakis. The tit1e means in
German, "Weapon of Destiny."
The 1aser weapon resemb1ed an ancient Gat1ing gun, but
from the cluster of barre1s a 1aser beam fired periodically
into a pond containing go1d fish. Around the circumference of
the pond Terezakis positioned a series of wood and spring
mouse traps which were set ond baited.
This art installation was provocative enough that
someone comp1ained to the American Society for the
Prevention of Crue1ty to Animals. And the installation was
provocative enough that the ASPCA officers responding to the
complaint drew their guns before attempting to enter.
They questioned Ernest about the work, and he exp1ained
that the laser was harm1ess, the fish in no danger. When
questioned about the mice he explained that building was over
run with mice and the artist had decided to make them part of
the "site specific" installation. Ernest offered the
interpretation that Terezakis was using mouse traps to
protect the fish. Ernest reported that the officers seemed
humiliated at their misinterpretation of the art work.
The show will run untll November 27, 1993. Other works
include robotic flowers by Tim Watkins, an LED Fountain by
Kevin Danie1s, a video worm & centipede by Ray Rapp, a neon &
stone Temp1e of Hea1ing Energy by A1ena Ort, a flourescent
cow's skull by David Factor, a meta1 & neon brain by Steven
James, a ha1ide arc horizon 1ine by Matthew Tanteri, and the
resurrection of Kheper-Ra by F1ash Light.