Screensaver explores a bodily relationship to digital imagery in our internet age. Drawing on notions of instructionals, live streaming, pop-ups and infomercials, in this video piece the sheen of the internet screen tumbles in on itself. The work circles around the concept that one can order online a .jpg printed on to a towel. What happens when a digital image is physicalized in this way and rubbed in the body? Will the body become a pixelated .jpg? And what if we try to feed such objects back in to the digital world?
Exploring these questions, the video takes you through floating landscape of digital debris. Sliding across the screen are verbatim recitals of chat room conversations about towel printing, discussions of .jpgs and duvets, videos painted on to nails via iCloud nail polish, spinning 3D CAD scans of towels and YouTube tutorials on how to make CGI towels.
All of these scenes are framed by the karaoke version of the song ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ whilst a hand cursor ‘flies’ towards an iCloud symbol across the empty void of the screen. Images of hands run throughout. In a world populated with touchscreen phones, we want to stroke and feel images, but when can we fly up to the iCloud?
Adam Castle is an artist who often employs deadpan absurdity to explore our relationship to text, sound and imagery in the contemporary digital age. His time-base practice spans performance, video, sound and installation in works that make you smile as much as they make you think. In a world overpopulated with data, for Castle appropriation is an inevitability and he interrogates found media and internet forms. Recently he has been exploring ideas around pop songs, acapella, unison and instrumentals. He hosts Pollyanna, a monthly performance art cabaret night in Edinburgh.