In day to day life, we put the material world to use: cars, coffee makers, and cell phones, to name a few. These objects are typically defined by the unique purpose they serve: cars take us places, coffee makers fuel the morning routine, and cellphones... do most of the rest. However, philosophers have argued that we never truly see these objects for what they actually are until they break. A broken cellphone no longer able to serve any of its myriad purposes, can be seen for what it truly is: a chocolate-bar-sized piece of glass and aluminum housing an intricate array of precious metals and circuit boards. Without a purpose, the object’s techne is revealed.
Historically, art objects have served the purpose of glorifying the spiritual, entertaining the masses, and representing ideals of truth, beauty, and power.. In the early years of the 20th century, with the wheels of modernity in full swing, the purpose, appearance, and function of western art was set on a new course. No longer fixated on mimesis, artists began working in opposition to the dominant trend that art should copy nature. As The Navigator charts its own 21st century voyage, its destination remains a question and, in doing so, imparts something else about its true nature.
The Warp Whistle Project
The Warp Whistle Project is a cross-disciplinary collaboration that stages various relationships between sonic and visual information. Visually, the work has included conventional painting formats, video, and site-specific installations. Sonically, each project integrates unique technologies (CMOS synthesizers, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, etc.) for the production of sound, motion, and light. Learn more about the project here.