A project undertaken following an invitation to take part in …we don’t talk anymore 2, a group show by Dan Auluk. It comprised of a Raspberry PI and a Pi NoIr camera that records a minute of video, reverses the frames, and then uploads it to a website (https://oc-d.co.uk/lastminute/). Once the next minute is recorded it is uploaded and replaces the previous one. The piece intends to raise questions about: the implications of being watched by machines; the emulative quality of computation meaning that it is not able to catch up with time and alternatives that might be more useful for computers to put energy into. A prerequisite for participation was to write a 100 word text:
The importance of boredom, downtime, absence or sleep should not be underestimated as a part of communication. How else can we digest, reflect and engage in meaningful discourse? Social media networks and pocket sized devices that prioritise immediacy deliberately fail here. We cannot be tracked and our future behaviour not predicted if we are not ‘there’… Privileging of the present to such a degree only heightens tension around an inherently impulsive moment. When everyone is always available, urgency to get in touch is reduced, instead our social status is affirmed by frequent public posts, images, location updates and going live.
(Influenced by Mark Fisher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCgkLICTskQ )