19 December 2006

Dorkbot: People Doing Strange Things with Elecricity Too

Shaun Wilson, Statica (2004), video still, DV, from the cover of 'Statica', Comfortstand Records (USA).

Centre on Contemporary Art Seattle, USA
CD launch: People Doing Strange Things with Electricity II
project website
Comfortstand Records profile of Shaun Wilson

The philosopher P.F. Strawson who described, in The Individuals, a universe called 'no space world', influences this artwork. He created the hypothetical world based on the idea it had no form except sound, whereby living creatures were audio signatures, coexisting through a series of bips, noises and distortions. I created the artwork using a series of manipulated recordings of static electricity from t-shirts in my clothes dryer and blended it with other noises to produce a universe not unlike Strawson's description. The main part of my sound universe comes from slowed down static noises that created a sense of spatiality, defining up and down, here and there, too and fro. The title of the artwork, Statica, is derived from the words 'static' and 'galactica' (as in galaxy).

The artwork was represented in the CD launch at COCA Seattle and has been released by Comfortstand Records (US) in Volume Two of People Doing Strange Things with Electricity.