Frequency

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About the work: Frequency is a patchwork of 12 screens recovered from analog television sets. With the advent of digital television, analog sets were instantly rendered obsolete. Such screens have been discarded and piled up incessantly in junk-yards and electronic recycling centers. It is in such a center that the artist has recovered the metal meshes within television sets that are bombarded with the cathode ray, and onto which the visual content is formed. Frequency attempts to reignite life back into these old screens, by projecting onto the television screens images of white noise and test charts, images that conjure a time before 24/7 television broadcasting. These screens seem to have lost their ability to tune into their signal, unable to decipher an alien code whose meaning if perhaps forever lost. The collage created by the screens reverts to hand-made textile techniques, a quilt-like assemblage created from discarded pieces. The artist creates a visual analogy between traditional weaving techniques, and the line-by-line interlacing of the electronic image, both fundamental image-creating technologies that have so shaped our vision of the world.

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