Posted: March 16, 2003
|Any artist will have gone through a phase of desperation when poverty strikes, yet the expression must go on. In this case, I indeed was poor and so I went scavenging through the dumpsters behind the science faculty buildings at McMaster University. I was shocked to learn that several computers in perfect working order, however outdated, were abandoned for waste. It then occured to me that the computer generation is one of flagrant consumption and that the only way we could justify such waste was by actually fearing its use.
Let me explain. These computers, while outdated, could have been used for less computationally demanding tasks, such as file handling, networking, data storage, email routing, or donated to people in need of such technology. However, as I witnessed, they were thrown in the garbage. The reason they were thrown in the garbage was because the owners feared their inferior capacity, and were able to afford the latest technology. Playing on this notion of fear and abandonment, I created this work, which was a composition of the internal components of these machines I found. The devices were made to function and were working in this arrangement on the gallery wall (however they were not performing computations). The noise of these old hard drives was even frightening and highly atypical of gallery works at the time, playing on the notion of fear.