Artist: Jennifer Steinkamp
Title: Daisy Bell
Dimensions: variable, approx. 8-26 feet high, vertical, fits between edge of floor and ceiling.
Equipment: Mitsubishi projectors, Dell OptiPlex or Logisys computers.
Photo Credit: Robert Wedemeyer, Courtesy Lehmann Maupin, NY
- Lehmann Maupin, New York, September 7 - November 1, 2008, exhibited all seasons.
- Gala in the Garden, Hammer, Los Angeles, California, October 5, 2008, exhibited end of winter, late spring, spring all, summer all.
- Wild Things, Brandts Kunsthallen, Brandts, Denmark, June 25 - September 19, 2010, curated by Lene Burkard, exhibited all seasons.
- KIAF, Seoul, Korea, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Korea, curated by Haekyung Kim, September 22 - 26, 2011, exhibited summer all.
- In Vivid Color, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina, curated by Jen S. Edwards, October 16, 2020 - February 28, 2021.
Description: The title, Daisy Bell, refers to a particular moment in the history of science and culture: 1962, Bell Labs used the IBM 704 computer to voice synthesize the popular 19th-century English song of the same name. The song was also used in the climactic scene of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which the supercomputer HAL 9000 begins to sing daisy daisy as his consciousness is degraded.
The Daisy Bell series is comprised of a variety of poisonous flowers that appear to cascade down the gallery walls.
Part of the Collection: Bank of America, New York, New York.
composed by Harry Dacre, 1892
There is a flower within my heart
Planted one day by a glancing dart
Planted by Daisy Bell
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it's hard to tell
But there are those that would share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two
We will go 'tandem' as man and wife
Wheeling away down the road of life
I and my Daisy Bell
When the nights dark, we can both despise
Policemen and lamps as well
There are bright lights in the dazzling eyes
Of beautiful Daisy Bell
(Ending of the Edward M. Favor version)
I will stand by you in "wheel" or woe
You'll be the bell(e) which I'll ring you know
Sweet little Daisy Bell
You'll take the lead in each trip we take
Then if I don't do well
I will permit you to use the brake
My beautiful Daisy Bell.
Poisonous and toxic flowers included in the work:
castor oil plant
convolvulus morning glory
daisy bellis perennis
indian paint brush
lily of the valley
persian buttercups ranunculous
star of bethlehem
tobacco flowering nicotiana alata