Pera Museum presents Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry, the first museum survey exhibition of this New York-based artist who moves fluidly between sculpture, performance, video, and writing. Behar is drawn to the often confounding—and sometimes rebellious—ways that people and technologies manage to coexist in digital labor.
Through the exhibition, we will be sharing detailed information about the artworks. This week we are sharing E-waste!
E-Waste is a series of sculptures built from commonplace USB peripherals. The series centers on a science-fiction scenario in which these modest devices are doomed to continue working long after the humans they were designed to serve have gone extinct. The gadgets are transformed into mutant fossils, encased in stone with lights blinking, speakers chirping, and fans spinning eternally. Combining machine-made, handmade, and organic forms, the works in this series highlight the surplus of consumer media artifacts and draw attention to its environmental impact.
Sound design: Shelley Burgon
Special thanks: Irina Aristarkhova, Nicole Companik, Anna Watkins Fisher, Mark Kornbluh, Scott Penkava, Anne Pollock, Lorraine Rudin, Trevor Smith, Dima Strakovsky, Lynn Sullivan, Michael Tick
Coproduced by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of Kentucky, and supported in part by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by the Professional Staff Congress and the City University of New York.