Lopa Pikta (Rope Picture) AN AFTER-DARK PROJECTED LIGHT INSTALLATION, IS A UNIQUE ENCOUNTER WITH ISHI

Project Description

Lopa Pikta or Rope Picture is a video installation displayed at the California Historical Society as part of a projected light series during the year long commemoration of the 1915 World's Fair. Through the work of five light-based artists, each projecting an after-dark artwork in the CHS gallery's front and side windows, Engineers of Illumination brings to life the innovations of the 1915 Fair with modern technology.

Lopa Pikta looks at the subject of a man known as "Ishi", the last surviving member of the Yahi Indian tribe. In August 1911, Ishi wandered into the corral of an Oroville slaughterhouse and discovered a new world. Artist Ben Wood became fascinated by the story of Ishi and his appearance at the 1915 Fair. He was invited to work with the archive of this extraordinary man at the Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley. The photographs, audio recordings, and other primary source documents provide the raw material for this artwork.

Project Media

  • San Francisco Chronicle, "Ishi, last of his tribe, bridges 2 worlds in film every night"
  • Audio Program, Subframe Episode Four
  • Engineers of Illumination by Optic Flare
  • California Historical Society Press Release