Location: 1991 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Description: Two large white lab rats inhabited a custom cage on the wall of a long ramp in the studio. The rat cage floor had 10 micro switches that were activated by the rats walking near them. Each switch triggered a separate hammer device attached to one of two long metal handrails on the ramp. There was a correlation between the location of the switches and the location of the specific hammer device triggered. For a quarter, the rat prompted audio system could be silenced for twenty minutes.
Material: rats, rat cage, hammer devices, ” art is off ” timer.