Artwork > Recast: Akihabara

Photographic series of relational art activities in Tokyo.

During an artist residency in Tokyo I engaged Japanese residents in sculptural mould making production to cast locally produced outmoded electronic technology. Making reference to materials important to manufacturing production and trade, I cast reproductions of electronic objects in modified gypsum, polyurethane, concrete and other low-grade industrial materials. I then assembled and photographed the cast objects in public spaces throughout Akihabara, a Tokyo-based retail hub renowned for sales of electronic goods.

In this work, the relationship between the object and social environment is propositional; I aim to generate a spatial and cultural intrusion that prompts inquiry into the divergent relationships of the familiar and the unexplained, the desired and the abandoned, the passive and the charged, and the nostalgic and nihilistic.