Kristian Kragelund: Artefacts
02 Dec - 08 Mar 2023
Pine Tree Drive
Miami Beach, FL
An artefact is commonly defined as a historical object created by a human(oid), that provides information about the given time in which the object was created. Here, Kragelund explores the potential of industrial debris as equivocal artefacts of human history in a time of rapid technological change. Popularly employed by social sciences such as anthropology and ethnology, the term is noticeably vague in its definition.
In more recent times, the term artefact has been introduced to describe a tangible by-product, or error, occurring as the result of the computation of data. The most common of these artefacts is a so-called “compression artefact,” a noticeable distortion of media. Artefacts are carriers of complex information that have become partially or fully indecipherable, partially lost to history, and unintelligible to human comprehension. But, to what extent do data artefacts qualify as carriers of societal knowledge when their deteriorated language and broken data go beyond human semantics? What is the status of these new artefacts, as objects and relics of their time? What “information” do they hold?
Art, despite its curbed institutional definition, can still prove as an access point to unexplored fields of perception and being.
Here, Kragelund re-purposes a range of artefacts sourced from the data and energy industry into formal elements of art. A range of discarded silicone discs, also known as semiconductors, were appropriated as rejects directly from a production site in Silicon Valley. Elsewhere, arranged in an off-set grid-like pattern, anodized solar cells have been stripped of their circuits and electrical wiring thus rendering them unable to contain and distribute energy.