Here are some images from my installation of Artifact Artifice: The Excavation in the Columbus Building as part of the SAIC 7th Undergraduate Film & Video Festival, curated by ExTV.
As well as some images from a previous version of the installation.
Through the series Artifact/Artifice I wish to examine how our culture relates to objects endowed with the status of “artifact”, and whether these value judgments truly stem from historic fact or rather from de-contextualization and myth. Illustrations from an archeological study in Illinois are enlarged and printed on felt, fabricated into new “artifacts” that share the visual likeness but not the intended use value or historical testimony of the objects they reference. Old technology—represented by renderings of arrowheads and other lithic objects used as tools (as well as the processes of felting and screen printing)—are confronted by new technology—technicolor animated GIFs on digital photo frames. The fabricated artifacts become representations of representations, cast into a realm without historicity. The intended utility of the iconic objects are forsaken in favor of the proliferation of myth.
Artifact/Artifice includes three animated GIFs played on Digital Photo Frames. Each GIF re-contextualizes appropriated archeological imagery; no longer restricted to their historic function, these artifacts are free to take on new roles as animate objects.
To get an idea of the motion on the screens see the animated gifs below:
Leading up to the festival, The Repository, a narrative video also from the series, played on a monitor at the top of the stairway.