A sculptural installation created specifically for Sometimes Always, presented by the Centre for Art Tapes and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. A boutique junk shop, the atmosphere is cluttered yet structured, with components of audio interspersed throughout. A vista of consumption, this work is a collection of the technology that we discard, media items left to be perpetually replaced. Multiples of obsolete objects were combined to create organic and architectural forms. The audio atmosphere is comprised of natural sounds generated by the equipment. Projector fans hum and white noise from AM radio throbs with electronic interference. There is an intermittent chime, like a cell phone tone, of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" emitted from a Japanese stereo system, while willing gallery visitors participate by playing the piano. Video surveillance is transmitted in real time to monitors around the room, while a flashing orb is created by camera feeding back to a television. The words No Signal dance in unison over a wall of old computer monitors.
Images by: Steve Farmer