David Muenzer “Scalar-Daemon” at Reserve Ames, Los Angeles / MOUSSE CONTEMPORARY ART MAGAZINE

David Muenzer “Scalar-Daemon” at Reserve Ames, Los Angeles

by mousse

February 27~2016

A scalar is a magnitude without a direction. For example, temperature is a measure of a quantity of heat, but that value doesn’t tell you anything about where that heat is, or what way it is going.


Daemon has two definitions. In mythology, a daemon is a spirit without malevolent intentions—an animated characteristic of the natural world. In computing, a daemon is a background process that runs without direct oversight of the user. This later definition clearly owes something to the fantasy of a nature spirit, working outside of human presence.

The hyphenated phrase “Scalar-Daemon” is a neologism, based on a term most people become familiar with when an email is sent to an invalid address and the background process—the mailer-daemon—responds with an automated notice of delivery failure.

Curated Library by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer.

Reserve Ames is located in West Adams, and was established in 2013 by Los Angeles based artist Ben Echeverria.

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at Reserve Ames, Los Angeles
until 20 March 2016

David Muenzer “Scalar-Daemon” installation views at Reserve Ames, Los Angeles, 2016

Courtesy: the artist and Reserve Ames, Los Angeles. Photo: Veli-Matti Hoikka and Becca Lieb