OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.

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*ART HAS HEALED THIS LAPTOP*

*JUST KIDDING, IT BROKE WHEN I TOOK IT BACK DOWN.*

"OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW." is an installation in the window of 135 Thayer Street using an 'old' black macbook displaying a continuous .gif. The title of the project references the last words of Steve Jobs and draws attention to the technology's short lifespan. At just 5 years old, the black macbook has required numerous hardware upgrades in order to continue functioning. The lower half of the screen has a smashed LCD crystal which prevents it from displaying anything but noise.

    

The .gif image shown on the screen is meant to replicate the computer's life flashing before it's eyes. Using images pulled from the computer's hard disk and internet history, I tried to make the .gif look as glitchy as possible. The title is a structural aspect the project because Jobs' last words imply he was seeing something beautiful, perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel or his life passing before his eyes. The project attempts to create a situation in which the computer itself experiences a similar phenomenon.

I believe that our computers are more humanistic than we want to believe, especially when it comes to 'natural' decay. As humans grow old, their physical and mental abilities tend to diminish. This is the same for technology. People lose their memory, computers burn out their hard drives. While older folks begin to find it difficult to complete simple tasks, my 'old' black macbook gave me the "rainbow wheel of death" every time I launched an application. Humans' eyesight gets worse, and my computer's analogue to vision, the LCD display, is half indistinguishable. These conditions slowly make life more difficult for both human and machine. Eventually the cycle starts over again, whether it be the birth of grandchildren or the acquisition of a brand-new macbook pro.

Link to GIF/video on youtube 


*NOTE*a.) In the few hours after the installation went up, it seems that the top half of the screen also broke. This unintentional consequence only further proves my point, I think. I may be able to fix the top half but we'll see.

b.) The window space outside of production 1 has been a really wonderful space to be able to use (thank you David Udris!). The currently hanging posters are very old, and I think students' work ought to be displayed there more often.

c.) THE LAPTOP IS NOW FULLY FUNCTIONAL. THE SCREEN IS TOTALLY FINE. ART HEALED MY LAPTOP

d.) upon removing the installation, the laptop broke again (def not my fault tho) and the screen is just as fucked as when I started. oh well...

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