A book developed in conjunction with the eponymous exhibitions consisting of oversized custom flexible heating circuits, used for environmental regulation in the sealed environments.
More Heat Than Light is a book developed in conjunction with the eponymous exhibitions, co-organized for 2015–16 by the Wattis Institute, San Francisco and Kunsthalle Basel. The work, exhibited at both of those institutions as well as an anonymous Airbnb rental apartment in New York, consists of oversized custom flexible heating circuits, used for environmental regulation in the sealed environments of equipment as diverse as medical equipment and food trays, in satellites and chemical vats. The heating circuits in More Heat Than Light are several times their conventional size, scaled-up and designed to draw their power and maximize the energy resources of the electrical circuits allotted for lighting within the sites they are inserted into. Energy allotted for stable artificial light is converted in this work into diffuse uneven warmth. This process is circumscribed with a strict regime of documentation. Each iteration of the exhibition is documented with a live feed from a thermal camera. The book itself, designed in collaboration with Geoff Kaplan, is conceived as a stand-alone object utilizing images taken with the thermal camera as well as research material relating to the work. On one hand, it picks-up the structure of a log of core temperatures of the sort compiled for analysis by the logistics and distribution industry. On the other hand, its format and layout utilize a two-color gradient printing process that interrupts the logical, spatial organization of the gridded screen-shots. This opposition between grid and gradient are staged in the book along a fragmentary work of theoretical fiction by Mark von Schlegell, as well as texts by Anthony Huberman, Elena Filipovic, Melanie Gilligan, and Sam Lewitt, all offering insight into some of the core themes and interpretations of the work.
Sam Lewitt is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2005 after receiving his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2004. Lewitt is a 2018 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award recipient, as well as the Spring 2018 Cornell University Teiger Mentor in Fine Art. His work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Mumok, Vienna, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.