Spukhafte Fernwirkung (2018) compacts the endless, challenging landscape of Iceland into a 36-minute time lapse of images (640×480) collected from www.road.is, a website for monitoring road conditions in Iceland, over a three year period. Beginning the process in Skagaströnd before moving to more remote locations, Kailum Graves compiles and arranges thousands of these images in order to explore the fading boundaries and interdependence of two spatio-temporally separated objects: the physical and digital worlds.
Single-channel high-definition digital projection
36:50 minutes (looped), 16:9, colour, sound
Edition of 6 + 2 AP
Check out a response to Spukhafte Fernwirkung here.
Kailum Graves is an artist and binary archivist critically obsessed the Web and born-digital content. He is particularly interested in image-rich technologies and the way global media communication—a landscape controlled by a handful of multidimensional oligopolistic corporate-run networks—can be sampled, organized, and considered in new philosophical, sociological, and political terms. Nonetheless, while these issues are political and economic in nature, Kailum believes anti-capitalist art offers no real alternative to the economic and ideological discourses of multinational capitalism. In its place, he is interested in examining the politics of the image and the construction of truth. To do this, he uses the Internet, which has normalized the act of collecting and compiling information, to preserve and curate found images and raw material. The aim is to engage with the cultural space and aesthetics of the Internet—and the vast amount of digital information it contains—as a subject, material, and tool of artistic production.