Sculptural sound works by Stephen Cornford.
Curated by Snoozie Hexagon
With the widespread digitisation of culture, we have inadvertently ushered in the end of the 150 year-long coupling of audio storage with mechanical technologies. As the magnetic hard drive is superseded by flash memory it looks guaranteed to be the last major mechanical medium. This exhibition seeks to engage directly with this historical moment by asking what the future holds for our discarded electromechanical devices and whether we might not still learn something from these empty machines. The works in this exhibition recast the role of the machine, not as a functional apparatus but as expressive, reflective and aesthetic devices. Seen collectively they propose an alternative to the dispose and upgrade mentality so pervasive today, allowing the machines to reflect back to us elements of the culture which produced them.
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