Doug Hall
The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described , 1987

Artwork Info

Artwork title
The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described
Artist name
Doug Hall
Date created
video installation
three-channel video installation with sound, electronics, steel, and Tesla coil
144 in. x 360 in. x 480 in. (365.76 cm x 914.4 cm x 1219.2 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase through a gift of the Modern Art Council and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association
© Doug Hall
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
Not on view at this time.

Bay Area artist Doug Hall used a functioning Tesla coil, multiple video monitors, and a projection to depict the unsettling forces of nature and industry in The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described (1987). Hall describes the origins of this work and explains how his interest in the “technological sublime” grew out of an experience with a natural disaster.

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