Fire works

Without really intending it the Fire room installation came together over time with a succession of works depicting destruction by fire. A Constructed World investigate the fate of objects and ideas when they cease to function, raising questions about the impulse to obliterate objects, the operative needs of capitalism, and what remains after something is destroyed.

The installation comprises fourteen video works made between 2002 and 2010, including Mony Fire, Camera Fire, Le feu scrupuleux, 2008 (commissioned by Cneai, Chatou), Samuel Pepys in Bordeaux, 2008 (commissioned by CAPC Museum, Bordeaux) and set of small of sculptures, affects, resulting from the making of the works.

“More recent technologies like Youtube and file sharing have enabled us to keep things either accidentally or without knowledge or concern for it’s value. Pieces of silence, static, mistakes are made material and shared alongside utterances that may have been too trivial to consider keeping for anything.”- ACW
“It was a little unclear what the group sent us. Was it the whole list on the right? Was it Juice? Was it Circle? What struck me most about the chart you sent was the way the participants spoke/described what it was they received. I loved that each person was named and owned the description. It reconfirmed something that Sean and I picked up on in our early attempts to communicate telepathically something I think of as ‘imaginary certainty’. That is, we find ourselves in somewhat of an altered state after telepathy and the texts generated read as a sort of stream of consciousness, similar to the way people speak when they recount a dream. The absolute certainty applied to the imaginary proposition seems to generate a confident, efficient and graceful strangeness.”- Veronica Kent