Peter Schudde – the Netherlands - Big Data
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Isaac Asimov
Late 2007 I began to experiment with printed circuit boards, the small complex labyrinths fascinated me tremendously ; as if you would look down from far away in space on our urbanized, industrialized world. And in a way they actualy depict our fast changing world of hightech and the increasing impact on our planet through the related run on resources. As I've been working with recycled materials for years I began to notice the increasing amount of e-waste populating the waste heaps of our society, as a result of the fast development of electronics and the cheap production in the east. As I was dismantling al sorts of e-waste and extracting their entrails I was wandering if people ever got to see what's behind all those carefully designed exteriors. I decided to confront people with their waste giving them a chance to meet the hardwa that is ruling their lifes. Thus came the first so called circuit-board-sculptures: geometric shaped light objects of metal and circuit boards with a metaphysical character, like archeological artefacts of unknown worlds from a distant past or a near future. Adding the light not only emphasizes the aesthetic beauty of the electrical labyrinth, it also gives an idea that they are (a)live. This concept I have been using eversince. The impact of western society, through science and technology on our connection with nature is important theme in my work.
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