siren

charles johnson

master's of Creative Technologies, AUT

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ABSTRACT

sIren is an installation compromised of 11 discarded fire sirens from demolished buildings that are controlled through an Arduino and a series of mosfet switches. These objects called to me through a digital marketplace and when I picked them up, they had a certain vitality about them, a strong sense of purpose, mystery and importance. Through the study of discarded objects I’m looking at how I can bring about the agency of things through technology and art. Every object has their own unique and alien worlds that are always withdrawn from us, whether that be physically withdrawn or withdrawn in thought. To understand and unpack the black noise of objects and understand that they have agencies of their own, one needs to inevitably anthropomorphize these things so they can speak in a language we understand. This is happening here. The installation speaks through one random siren going off for a quarter of a second every minute. During that quarter of a second, the siren can scream out its worth to the world, so we may get a glimpse at its reality in a way we can understand.

wHO AM I?

Hi, my name is Charles. I’m a master’s student at AUT currently completing my master's in creative technologies. I’m researching the agency of things and how we as humans can understand, unpack, and discover these agencies/realities through a way we can understand (art). I’m looking at primarily discarded objects whose agencies/realities have been ‘extinguished’ or ‘deafened’ to those who discarded them, but these objects still exist and enact their agencies beyond our perception. I analyse the objects I’ve encountered through various technologies to bring about their hidden narratives in a way that we can understand – through anthropomorphizing their qualities. I hope you enjoy these objects and think about how they are impacting you at this moment, how their agencies are changing you. Because they are. 

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