Devices for Imitation Transactions (2017)
Multichannel Video Installation
The narrative of this work exists in two parts, the prologue and the conversation, both of which are situated within a dystopian universe existing alongside our current reality where nuances and subtleties are amplified. Myth and sign, used here as a exemplary token of linguistic and semiotic connotation, are now on a par with truth and fact. Objects in the form of commodities, news items or political motives have merged with their curated image counterparts.
The work attempts to tackle the current disillusionment epidemic facing society, bringing attention to the habitual behaviours of signifiers altered for corporate gain. The purpose of the work is to encourage discussion regarding over-commoditisation, fake news and hyperreality, and bring attention to these occurrences in day to day media consumption.
Within the work, archeological and artistic forgery are used as easy to digest examples of fake news, a familiar concept and example of purposeful agenda fuelled myth development. The narrative speaks of these forgeries being cast from crystalline materials in order to heighten their mythological value and increase difficulty in separating real and fake, fact or fiction. Natural crystal, another example of how altered myth connotations can change the intended message of an object, is juxtaposed against the topic of digital media, forming a syntax of differing levels of myth development.