We live in a society where technology is evolving to have fewer and fewer wires. As our technologies become more mobile, they become more integrated into the rhythms of our daily lives. Deep in The Present Tense Archives, we found a piece that used cords from an obsolete and nostalgic technology to confront issues around voyeurism, surveillance, and ideas around the post human body.
Ian Colon “CHASING THE DRAGON”
For The Present Tense and TEST’s Contaminate 2 Festival, Ian Colon tied a video camera that faced behind him into his hair. The camera fed into a television that he held inches away from his face. He began to sprint around the space, navigating the environment only through the lens of the immediate past. As the piece evolved, Colon increasingly grew disoriented. His body reached physical fatigue as it tangled in the cords that hung from the television and camera. This revealed the impossibility of sustaining the action, questioning the complicated relationships that humans of the 21st century have built and continue to build with technology.