Photo credit: Bairdcast Media – A History of Machine Translation (past work)
Everyday machines, such as computer devices for instance, are specifically designed to work with data; on the other hand, these machines carry within the possibility to be treated as real objects. In her installation, computer and data devices, used in an unconventional way, are subjected to unusual operations and becoming “performative objects”, open up unpredicted possibilities. The resulting images represent a record, which enables us to look at these media devices from another point of view. This installation is made of three main devices: a scanner is placed on the wall upright; a gadget made of gearwheels producing motion, is installed in front of the scanner; a printer with four wheels runs along a platform.
Yuko Mohri, an artist, was born in 1980. Her main works, shown in Japan and abroad, include “Magnetic Organ” (2003), a three-dimensional piece using powerful magnetism, “Vexations” (2005, joint work with Soichiro Mihara), a sound installation using compositions by Erik Satie, and “Bairdcast Media” (2008), a three-dimensional work in which she attached wheels to a printer and made it run.