London, 2016Performance with machine in collaboration with David Colombini
Attachment is a poetic concept, a message in a bottle 2.0. Inspired by the rusty machines of Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely, this fully automated machine gives physicality to digital messages sent via the machine's website. This project was inspired by Eric Sadin's book "La société de l'anticipation" and stands as a form of resistance to the current use of 'smart' technologies. Attachment uses current technologies to communicate differently and rediscover the unexpected, the random, and the serendipitous.
First, the machine engraves the message onto a thin piece of balsa wood that is connected by a string to a wooden clip. A balloon stock conveyor belt is then activated to place a balloon above a helium valve that automatically inflates it. Finally, a simple two-piece wooden clip seals the balloon, which is then released into the air where it will travel haphazardly to a random recipient. Once the balloon is found, the recipient can access the website and discover where the balloon has been sent from and obtain additional information about the sender.