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Danny Bracken

Mattress Factory

For the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial, Danny Bracken further examines the tenuous relationship between the physical and digital worlds through a number of new, site-specific installations. Using water, stone, and soil, interwoven with video projections, digital sound, and a live video feed, Bracken blurs the lines between these two realms. The works are subtly interactive, shifting as ones’ perspective changes, altering its appearance with each glance. The installations expose the limits and imperfections of both realities, questioning our tendency to glorify and idealize our conceptions of the new and old. In conjunction with the exhibition, a limited edition of 7-inch records has been produced, featuring music composed in and for the space, continuing the exploration between the digital and physical.


Danny Bracken’s creative practice explores experiential interactions between video, sound, and physical space, ranging from immersive, multi-sensory installations to small-scale sculptures. Born into a family of musicians, sound occupies a central role in his work, existing within installations, as film scores, and as stand-alone recordings. At the heart of these investigations lies an interest in the relationship between humans, the natural world, and technology. Explorations of how we embrace technological advancements while staying connected to ourselves, others, and the natural environment, are recurrent themes throughout his work.