Intent: To bury a wireless router in a hole deep enough to stop its transmission and reception.

Paying homage to Beuys series of records covered in paint and other natural substances like oil, seeds and vegetable matter. Here the medium of transmittal is the internet itself. Whereas the record was able to communicate in one direction, the modem has the dual function of receiving and transmitting. Like the sound that is muted in Beuys work, the router that is buried becomes silent.

 

The router connected to the internet is unable to communicate to the “client”. Roughly 50cm of soil and rock in all direction. The energy dissipates into the earth.

 

Created during the Covid-19 pandemic, the artwork also reflects on our total dependency on the internet, questioning what it would be to leave it behind or if we must bury ourselves with it.

Conor Ackhurst