SIMULATED is an artwork that plays on the technological nostalgia of Nixie tubes; cold-cathode gas-discharge alphanumerical and symbol indicator tubes which were a common form of display for electronic equipment from mid-1950’s through to the early 1970’s.
Capturing the Nixie tubes’ hypnotic amber glow and antique charm, Dominic Harris’ fascination with digitisation is perfectly exhibited within the artwork. In a superb amalgamation of modern and old-world technology, Harris enables viewers to control the piece with their movements, with the subsequent interaction causing the Nixie tubes to create words only using the letters
Generating up to almost 1000 word combinations, the produced text is stimulating, amusing, pop culturally relevant and cheeky, therefore achieving Harris’ goal of provoking thought and conversation.
About Dominic Harris
Since establishing Cinimod Studio, a multi-disciplinary, London-based practice in 2007, artist and designer Dominic Harris has gained international attention for his digitally-driven works of interactive art. Harris has devoted recent years to seamlessly blending natural phenomena with complex code through integrated electronics and innovative fabrication techniques. Inspired by the architectural interventions of James Turrell and Dan Flavin, Dominic offers viewers a sublime experience of their surrounding environment in his surreal installations that wryly illuminate the effect of digital culture on human perception in the information age. One of the artist’s most ambitious pieces invited participants to wildly gesture or attempt to change their own heart rate, which would in turn light up the London Eye.
British, b. 1976, based in London, United Kingdom