Obso-less-sense, 2009:

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

room from entrance
Obso-less-sense:: room from entrance

VHS tapes, brackets, tension
VHS Stack:: VHS tapes, brackets, tension

TV monitors, security camera, vinyl
Feedback TV (L) Static TV (R):: TV monitors, security camera, vinyl

umbrella, electronic components
Resistor Chandelier:: umbrella, electronic components

slide projector, ribbon, cabinet
Typewriter Ribbon Projector:: slide projector, ribbon, cabinet

encyclopedias, speakers
Mantle:: encyclopedias, speakers

suitcases, custom desk, paper cups
Suitcases, Cash Desk, Cup Duct:: suitcases, custom desk, paper cups

live security footage within space
Drums, Piano, Security, Records:: live security footage within space

Vinyl LPs, steel plate & 1/4 rod
Record Stack:: Vinyl LPs, steel plate & 1/4 rod

collage loop, plastic, steel, LEDs
Collage Turner (foreground):: collage loop, plastic, steel, LEDs

reclaimed stereo components
Stereo Wall:: reclaimed stereo components

reclaimed equipment
Stereo Wall, Monitors, VHS stack:: reclaimed equipment

no signal
Montitor Wall:: no signal

room from back
Obso-Less-Sense:: room from back