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No Archive Necessary, 2016

Timothy D






Artist Statement

No Archive Necessary was an installation that featured a feedback loop of myself and the gallery in an interactive weave. The artist, the instruments to deliver the work, and the gallery (55 Sydenham) were made into the subject of the installation through a collection of rudimentary 3D scans and models, chroma key video, texture maps and found objects that were placed within a point-and-click game architecture of my own design.

As a reflection on digital materiality, No Archive Necessary plays upon the balance between individual and environment. As we are now entering the proposed epoch of the Anthropocene, the detritus of our collective efforts (whether physical or virtual) can be considered largely unintelligible to any given individual due to the sheer volume and scale of what we have created. What is to remain of the present is never defined by us as individuals, but rather, by the seemingly incoherent and immense amount of debris (both irl and online) that will carry little to no meaning to the outsider.

This immeasurable amount of data can be seen as a force for posterity, as an archive of our collective achievements, failures and trivialities. However, digital media is a highly volatile platform, one that is open to attack and decay. Images, video, and text can be auto-generated, face swapped, pushed beyond the uncanny valley and bend "truth" itself. Whilst the ever expanding archive of our time, the server farm, continues to drive the air-conditioning industry, it is in this epoch that new histories can and will be manufactured. It is from here that not only will the moving image be understood as flawed, but that text itself will no longer be admissible as evidence of the past. In this work, we have no idea of what we were, what we will become, what room we are in. No archive will be necessary.



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