Taezoo Park, Leo Kang and Steven Jackson
Scale is an interactive art installation created from the detritus of broken and discarded technologies. These things live all around us - the toaster that toasts on one side, the abandoned reel-to-reel player left over when humans move on to new and different devices . Bereft of context and function and left to rust and decay in attics, basements, and landfills, they provide the forgotten technological backdrop to our lives.
But they also remain alive, filled with mysteries and secret languages, neglected talents and strange beauties. How are we to relate to this secret society of things? What values and qualities can we find in them (and in ourselves)? Can we come to know and engage the universe of objects differently? And what might that teach us about fear and wonder, imagination and care, love and struggle in the mixed world of humans and objects? This installation helps us to think about such questions. By stepping on the scale in front of the installation, the audience can interact with diverse discarded objects in different ways.
Scale is the product of an ongoing collaboration between visual artist Taezoo Park (http://www.taezoo.com), artist and engineer Leo Kang (http://www.laewoo.com), and technology researcher and theorist Steve Jackson (http://sjackson.inforsci.cornell.edu). ). It brings together two separate but related streams of work: Taezoo Park's Digital Being series; and 'broken,' an ongoing theoretical/ethnographic/installation-based project that explores the hidden work and meaning of breakdown, maintenance, and repair in our ongoing engagements with the physical world around us. More generally, our collaboration builds from our shared curiosity about the nature of the built world around us, and our conviction that there are depths and possibilities to our relationships with technology (including old and broken ones) that we have not yet begun to understand. The first iteration of scale was put together over an intensive ten-day period in Ithaca, New York during August 2013, but with each installation it gains shape and form
You as the audience are a part of that process. Do you have broken or obsolete technologies around you considering to discard? Don't throw them away. Bring to us and give them another life in our installation. You will see them in our next exhibition and our website (http://www.cornellhci.org/scale)
News! This project received 4 editors choice(Blue Ribbon Awards) in World Maker Faire 2013, NY, New York Hall of Science !
(We took the cover page of Maker Faire website!)