Susy Bielak
artist / curator / writer

Quake/Temblor: Videos

The videos for Quake/Temblor were staged at UCSD’s Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device (SRMD) Test Facility, one of the world’s most powerful seismic shake tables. Working with a loose script, I staged a happening on the shake table during which people repeatedly reenacted life before, during, and after a quake in a bedroom and living room set. Working with structural engineers, the next day we applied a seismic record from the 1985 Mexico City earthquake (magnitude 8.1 on the Richter scale) to a dining room set. In the resulting videos, people and domestic objects inhabit a massive, brute, mechanical system—leaving the quotidian disturbed and displaced.


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