Technology by its very definition is characterised by an inherent obsolescence. That’s right, the latest smartphone/tablet/Bank of England vault unlocking gizmo you got for Christmas will soon be laughably out-of-date.
But what will future generations of tech-heads think of our once-bright, state-of-the-art gadgets? This was surely the thinking behind artists Jeff Klarin and Rebecca Johnson’s provocative Future Fossils sculptures.
Taking a variety of iconic late 20th Century cultural artefacts – turntables, joysticks, cameras, lots and lots of cameras – and ‘fossilising’ them by casting them in cement and then colour-staining them, it gives rise to the idea of how they will be perceived in 100, 200, 300 years hence.
To be honest, it hurts our fragile heads just contemplating it. Thankfully, the images look great and for that reason alone we want to own them sharpish.
Images: Jeff Klarin for Bughouse