Chimera

Chimera (2015)
Chimera
Chimera, 2015, Mixed media with video: video monitor, video and salvaged power cables, 0.5m x 1.6m x 0.3m.

The fire is digital. Binary and pixels. It has a hypnotic effect that speaks to our deepest ancestral memories. But it’s just a simulation of a fire. It won’t provide warmth or safety. It won’t harm you if you get too close. Will it burn itself out soon? Maybe it will carry on even when unplugged because it has become self-sufficient.

A chimera is a mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling. The real-world chimera manifests itself as a perpetual flame that bursts from the ground with no apparent source.

This piece was was shown in STRUCTURE TEXTURE FUTURE – Bow Open Show 2015 at the Nunnery Gallery. View the catalogue.

SLURP

SLURP: Cabinet exhibit
SLURP: Cabinet exhibit

This interactive installation was created specifically for the ice well under the London Canal Museum.

The installation imagines that some strange technological relics have been uncovered from the rubble filling up the old ice wells. These relics have been put on display in the museum, but as we look at them, are they looking back at us? And if so, for what purpose?

This exhibition explores our relationship with the seductive technologies that increasingly mediate or even construct our interactions with the world. As we put more and more of our lives and our private selves into the virtual arena, what does this mean in a time of government ‘data slurps’ and increased surveillance of our online activities “in the interest of national security”.

The installation was created using electronic waste – parts of redundant computing equipment and also uses DIY computing platform Raspberry Pi.

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SLURP: projection within the ice well