Much of his artistic output has been generated with the use of contributed artefacts and materials. He states that through this process “contributor, artist and viewer come closer together”. His art is influenced by the development of consumerism, technology, identity and cyberculture in society, with a distinctive focus on obsolete media.
So much for thinking that floppy disks are useless.
If you watched the Academy Awards tonight, you may have noticed an awkward music cut-off during the Life of Pi Visual Effects acceptance speech. It may have looked like they were just stopping a long running speech, but in truth the speaker was about to mention a hot button topic of the evening, and many people think it was cut short intentionally to hide the truth.
Most viewers were unaware of this incident and most media outlets failed to report on it, but outside the Dolby Theater, there were over 400 picketers protesting the poor state of the visual effects industry. Although it was being ignored on the televised broadcast, it started gaining momentum online during the ceremony, and is finally getting the media attention it was lacking.
So what is the protest about? The film Life of Pi was nominated for Visual Effects (and won!), but sadly the studio that did the effects for the movie (Rhythm and Hues) had to file for bankruptcy a few weeks ago, and laid off close to 250 employees. The protest was named “A Piece of the Pi” to show that the VFX studio behind the film weren’t getting their share of its success….
Cassette tape encased in industrial grade concrete, crafted in an edition of 100.
“You hold in your hand a concrete brick, inside of which there is music. The only way to hear the music contained within is to crack it, but to do so puts the music itself at risk. By your own actions you can either free the music or render it forever unlistenable. Or, you can leave it in its present state where it only has the potential to become music. The musicability of the concrete is entirely in your hands.”