In an unknown home sit two characters. The first is cold and and robotic. They wear black gloves. The second is an angry and frustrated male from the Southern United States. Kept in the house against his will, his hands are dirty and tired. The former character is creating a television show with two requirements: character development and violence. The means of production comes in the form of psychophotonic manifestations. The southern man with the dirty hands is the only one left who can create such content, which is scrutinized and critiqued until it becomes acceptable for broadcast.

Session One is an episodic science fiction project by David Bayus. The project continues Bayus’ interest in perpetual motion machines. Perpetual motion, or the supply of indefinite force without an energy source, is logistically impossible. But the allure of such a machine has fascinated engineers and thinkers for centuries, leading to elaborate theories and (partially) operable machines, all of which run for some amount of time before failing. Bayus has likened this scientific trial-and-error to an art practice. Bayus has filmed several such machines, some of which he has built by hand, and overlaid his own digital animations to appear as though the whizzing gears, ball bearings, and esoteric lights are actually producing holograms, levitating objects, and other unreal phenomena.

David Bayus (b. 1982 in Johnson City, TN) lives and works in San Francisco, CA. He is an artist and co-founder of BASEMENT art collective located in San Francisco’s Mission District. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. He has exhibited his work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver. The third book in his ongoing series Stroke debuted at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair in February 2016. Editions can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

David Bayus % Session One

@ UNTITLED, San Francisco
at Pier 70 (420 22nd St, San Francisco)

25% Psychophotonic Research and Development
25% Broadcast Equipment and Maintenance 
25% Security and Prisoner Accommodations
25% Manifestations (Observation and Recording)