Repressive forces do not prevent people from expressing themselves; on the contrary, they force them to express themselves. (Deleuze, 1995)
The resistor is a playful metaphor for our over-stimulated continuously networked world, where the price of participation is authorship. The hyperactive, visual vibration reflects the heightened states of mindfulness required to participate (hypermediality). The sculptural forms, though beautiful in themselves are, at the same time, compulsive and draw the viewer into a gravity of motion.
Basbaum talks of our culture being “hipnotized with so-called interactivity” (Basbaum 2011), and contemplates the idea of an “eye of the hurricane” where it might be possible to calmly observe with a critical eye.
To me it is important to find a place of peace from which to observe the effects of technology within our culture. The distance to the horizon is relative to the height above sea level. When you are swimming in technology you can only see a short distance away. You must exert effort to pull yourself onto higher ground to obtain a sense of perspective, where you are, at least temporarily, unaffected by the maelstrom below.
The sound aspect of the sculpture provides at once a soothing and an energising component, drawing as it does from the oscillations of the mains power supply. It is the subtle changes of the oscillation that give the sound it’s colour or complex harmonic structure.
The resistor is useless, mostly. But it might be useful to consider how some small amount of resistance could be applied to bring technology into critical focus.