Troika's ‘Electroprobe Installation #5’ is the 5th in a series of site specific installations that use locally found electronic objects and a magnetic microphone that imbues the inanimate with life by listening in on the otherwise inaudible sounds of those objects. The installation explores the relationship between the living and the inert, the boundaries between human and machine and asks the question: what gives an object a soul?
Daejeon Museum of Art
155, Dunsan-daero, Seo-gu,
The installation consists of an array of electronic objects, including outdated mobile phones, computers and otherwise obsolete technology. These items are placed in a circular arrangement around a turntable, a speaker and a magnetic microphone, termed the Electroprobe, which hovers slowly over the objects in circular motion. The seemingly random arrangement of objects soon reveals an inner order as the spectator hears an orchestra of soft hums, whistles and hisses.
The objects communicate with one another without the intervention of the visitor - independent of any consciousness or any human. The installation thereby challenges how the world unfolds under our eyes and aims to penetrate the secret structures of the visible through the process of reconditioning our gaze.
Originally commissioned by the Daelim Museum in Seoul for Troika’s solo exhibition ‘Persistent Illusions’, ‘Electroprobe Installation #5’ is exhibited at Daejeon Museum of Art as part of the group exhibition ‘Cosmos’, the international media art biennial with a focus on a dialogue between art and science.
This year’s exhibition explores how science and technological development have affected the way we see our universe and ourselves within it, giving artists a platform to reevaluate the forces with which we coexist in the face of a computerised world.
Artists include Tomas Saraceno, Haines & Hinterding, Semi-Conductor, Team Lab, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, amongst others.