Artifacts is a wifi-based artwork, a collection of specimens which blur the lines between geological sample and digital anomaly. Dead pixels, moiré patterns, distortion, and other digital aberrations reveal incongruencies between data and the material substrate of digital representation. Exploring the gap between digital objects and their display via apparatus renders visible anomalies and glitches, particles and bits in the textures of electronic artifacts. Closely examining parallels between the basic units of digital images and those of matter, cubic pixels and digital crystalline structures offer a shift of scale as well as giving a nod to media geology.
Initially conceived for and commissioned by the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien, this work has been shaped by the site-specificity of producing an installation for local wireless network. Playfully drawing correlations between the concrete and the ephemeral through both imagery and method of access seeks to highlight the artwork's fluctuation between tangible and intangible.