Noise (back-broadcast through the persistent illusion)
Noise (back-broadcast through the persistent illusion) is a 7 channel video installation done with the collaborative group A.S.T. for Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennale 13, 2017 curated by Christine Tohme. The title refers to a phrase Einstein included in a letter of condolence upon his colleague Michele Besso’s death saying ‘the distinction between past present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion’. The work suggests the idea that this persistent illusion can be hacked. It explores ideas of time and futurity asking how does one communicate with the future? How does the future communicate with the now? This work presents conceptions of power and resistance that could evolve from leveraging existing networks, infrastructures, forces and flows that are already in play and suggests that a rethinking of time might enable more traction on this leveraging.
The form of the installation is Eames multi-screen world fair pavillion-meets-mission control.
The projections, for the purpose of clairilty, are designated ML(left), MC(centre) and MR(right) and the monitors are A,B,C and D, included below is a diagram of the space with screens labeled.
The main image from this video is from astronaut.io. The videos in the central oval come from YouTube. They were uploaded in the last week and have titles like DSC_1234 and IMG_4321. Astronaut was created by Andrew Wong and James Thompson in San Francisco in 2011. Footage of the each is provided by the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center and assembled by Tom King. The information here is the same information that is running along the bottom of this image in Arabic.
diagram of the space with labeled screens
This is a 4 minute loop of text and graphics.
Video C-Keith Tillford's infinite servers
This is a gif produced by artist Keith Tillford. It is a smooth journey down an infinite hall of servers.