The future isn’t smooth idevices and sleek lines: the future is fragile and temporary. Technology is embedded into every facet of society. Signs of wear and age are common. Exposed electronics and failing displays belie the sophisticated programming and design. Elegance gives way to technological rot, and the people living amongst these wired surrounds are oblivious to the beauty of failure.
Tension Squared is an artefact from this future.
A series of found video test patterns built to demonstrate perfection, instead provide a sometimes broken and damaged scene that is played out amongst a grid of Chinese rice paper lanterns. By representing the individual pixel, each lantern forms one part of the complete arrangement. By congregating near and beneath this array, we experience luminescence of a bygone future.
Our thanks to Brianna Munting, Georgie Meagher, Dara Gill and everyone at NAVA and Firstdraft.