The Cylinder and The Box
Ordinary Tech on Exhibition
This art piece is a moving piece with drawing arms slowing dragging on the paper cylinder. The paper used there brings me back some memory of drawing math graphs on a grid. Now I stared at it a bit longer, this is the opposite of how trees grow and got their growth rings — drawing inward and consuming the end product of trees, paper. It’s even weird that this piece gets a box with handle so it’s portable, which is not a tree characteristic.
How would you showcase infinity far away? Bringing that linearity into circles is a nice way, with which, length becomes radian. With the prefect 360° it seems to be a complete picture, but is it? Would you grow that infinity inwards or outwards? Is it actually infinity?
We focused on “what” with the paper. Let’s look at “how” with the arm. Two of them brings the stereo waves to the cylinder by hugging it. Human only have two ears. Having both sides is already an improvement over the single account to many things. But looking at how trees grow both in diameter and height, it could have countless arms shaping way more waves onto the cylinder.
This gallery room is mainly showing the countless lights. It is not really a normal sky you would expect. It’s yellow with a lot of stars instead of sunshine. My phone camera was not taking it very well maybe because of the electrical frequency, so I don’t have a good photo of that.
Anyway, I was looking at the signs and I really like how they arrange all these on the wall. The brick wall is so old that the grid is a bit faded, but I like how the texture smooths out the lines which could have been boring. The three rectangles are in this triangular position. Their colors are even transitioning from dark to light. It’s artful to me.
Happy April 1st! Hope your day is not too surprising yet — I really wished the most recent AI advancement was released today.
I will have to reveal that these two artifacts are not intended to be part of the on-display items at all.
The first one is a hypo-thermograph, an old temperature and humidity data logger, sitting at the corner of the gallery. I have no idea why they still use these mechanical ones in 2023. It’s as small as a cat; I like how the camera angle makes it look bigger with a “desk” which is just a small platform.
With the second picture, the third rectangular at the bottom has a Cisco logo, so I assume it is just a Wi-Fi access point device. It seems to blend well with the signs.
When I am in this exhibition exploration state, it is so easy to assume that everything in the gallery is arranged and has some “meaning”, until I realized some of the things are just ordinary functional part of the facility. I legitimately like these two instances because they do look harmonious with the environment there. After all, I was not really looking for the fame of the pop arts — I liked the sparks and inspirations. I am glad that these museums made it beyond the exhibition content.