a work in light and telecommunications - 1998
LED semiconductor lights/Fibreglass/Resin/Integrated Circuits /Sound
/Telephone computer mouse/ movement sensors Scale:1-1]
intention is to explore the medium of light and find relevant visual
form for the processes and activities involved in contemporary ‘telecommunications’.
principally an experimental sculpture which looks at the idea of ‘physicality
assisted through technology’ facets of persons being amplified,
projected, (becoming light in this instance),...utilising technology
for greater more efficient means of communication and the use of these
sytems to over come physical distance.
call; an every day activity... an exchange on computer [Net, etc] fax,
these devices rely on the transmission of information as pulses of
light. Light harnessed, encoded as binary language. Delivered, pulsing
down optical fibre cables. Communication, speech, text, even our ‘image’[real-time]
for those who can afford the enrichment of teleconferencing, travels
increasingly naturalised that people maintain contact this way and
are even introduced as ‘ever ready electrical pulses’ encoded
and decoded as flashing light.
The voice; a pattern of sound...changed into electrical waves through the mouthpeice
of the phone, moving through copper wire where measured and encoded each sound
wave is then refigured as pulsating light. This binary code then flashes on/off
thousands of times a second like tiny comets over great distance as it travels
through the optic carrier cables. The other end of the line holds the decoder,
changing the pulses back into electrical waves, which again become the sound
waves of the voice.
writer, traveller, immigrant..those who wish to communicate more readily,
with greater intimacy and directness. Body; personality, character,
transaction, exchange, human contact, business, communication from
the intimate to the infinite, all largely taking place as transmissions
fine substructure... an elaborate network in operation which grows
increasingly... toward the irradication of naturally imposed geographical
what do we do when we are distanced? the process of feeling secondary, apart...
we yearn simply to see another, to be able to interact directly, to enjoy ‘full’ moments,
perhaps direct physical contact We miss sights, smells, sounds,.. partners,
lovers, friends, family, relatives etc, etc.
the tiny lamp which informs us in our absence that someone has called,
wishing to contact. It is the LED which alerts us, the tiny winking
light on the answering machine. It tells us the machine is on...waiting
for commands,.. interactions.
presence...power switches, clocks, alarm systems, it is the LED which
informs us that perhaps we are being monitered, recorded, surveyed,...that
we have missed or forgotten something, or perhaps... that we have neglected
(c) Andrew Sunley Smith. 1998.