Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Outdated gadgets get fossilised

Untitled.png

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right, the latest smartphone/tablet/Bank of England vault unlocking gizmo you got for Christmas will soon be laughably out-of-date.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

Related

hero2.jpg

Holy Buildings Made From Bullets

hero mosaic.jpg

Rock Star Mosaics

Manhattan_3.JPG

Nifty computer skylines

Comments

More

Writer AA Gill dies of cancer aged 62

The news comes just weeks after revealing his condition in a restaurant review

by Joe Ellison
10 Dec 2016

A 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail has been found in a piece of amber

To echo, Partridge: "Jurassic Park!"

by Emily Badiozzaman
09 Dec 2016

Youngest in your family? Then you're officially the funniest

by Jamie Carson
09 Dec 2016

Donald Trump just gave WWE's Linda McMahon a job in his cabinet

Because of course he did

08 Dec 2016

Bob Dylan announces UK dates for 2017 arena tour

You have six chances to see the icon

by Emily Badiozzaman
08 Dec 2016

Over 120,000 Leave voters have died since Brexit

New data shows the influence the dead have had on the UK's future

by Tristan Cross
08 Dec 2016

Did you miss this devilish detail on Donald Trump's TIME cover?

One hell of a magazine cover

08 Dec 2016

Russell Tovey talks football taboos, showbiz friends and facial hair

ShortList chat to the actor about fame, films and, erm, dog piss

by Ralph Jones
08 Dec 2016

Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population drops by 30%

Numbers have fallen by 30% in just 30 years

by Jamie Carson
08 Dec 2016

TIME's new Donald Trump interview is very, very worrying

Just when you thought he'd changed...

by Emily Badiozzaman
07 Dec 2016