In the context of climate change, technology is often discussed as either a cause or a solution. This installation shifts... Read More
In the context of
climate change, technology is often discussed as either a cause or a
solution. This installation shifts the narrative by speculating over how
consumer electronics themselves will fare in a future affected by
catastrophic global warming.
The collective imaginary pictures technological devices as entities
existing beyond the constraints of their environments. Visions of
indestructible robots permeate popular culture, accentuating the notion
that these inorganic structures are undisturbed by thermal or
electromagnetic radiation. In reality, this is not the case. While some
contraptions are designed to withstand extreme conditions, the immense
majority of machines we come across are quite vulnerable. For example,
most smartphones become unusable in temperatures exceeding 45°C:
« iPhone, needs to cool down before you can use it ».
So as to evoke an artificial climate, this artwork features equipment
found in terrariums. Two heating lights – one representing sun and the
other moonlight – create temperatures which can vary between 25°C and
55°C. In the glass box, smartphones have replaced reptiles, exhibiting
their possible behavior between heat waves. At 45°C, the devices will go
into a sort of high-tech hibernation; freezing screens in scorching
temperatures. Under 45°C , the phone displays media content which
reflects and speculates about his own survival as consumer electronics.