The Table, 1984-2001
Max Dean; Raffaello D'Andrea
Italian, American, 1967
custom computer control programme, computer, vision system, electric motors, control systems, electrical and electronic components, aluminum table
82 x 145 x 94 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41148)
In "The Table: Childhood", Max Dean and Raffaello D'Andrea orchestrate a scenario wherein a spectator, selected by the table, becomes a performer, who is now an object not only of the table's "attention", but also of the other viewers'. The table tries to persuade the visitor to interact with it, and the visitor must decide whether or not to respond. The behaviour of this everyday object can be described as a playful teasing or courtship that is, in a way, reminiscent of children's games.