A Technician Of Visual Culture &
Expeditionary Of The Technological Realm.                          
Rituals Of The Technium - Rose Window
Cathedral glass, Lead solder, Steel, Aluminium, Valchromat, LED’s & Miscellaneous electronics
Rituals of the Technium is a digital stained glass window that exists between a screen, a portal, a window, a shrine.

On a fundamental level the handcrafted lead and glass facade takes the form of a scaled up RGB (Red, Green, Blue) pixel array; the inherent structure found in every digital screen across our technological ecology. This pixel structure accumulates to form a pixelated circular window in ode of the rose window; the stained glass centre piece commonly found in gothic cathedrals.

However, as opposed to offering the narratives and icons of spiritual faith, It instead streams the trending image searches occurring live on the internet. Whereby these images are then manipulated through a series of kaleidoscopic filters formulated from the various structural styles of stone tracery found in rose windows.

The piece invites you to bask in the light of an evolving portrait of our collective digital consciousness. It hopes to help contemplate how a lower visual resolution can maybe offer a higher perceptual resolution upon our new age digital existences.

Futurist philosopher Kevin Kelly - ‘The Technium - the seventh kingdom of life’

Rituals Of The Technium - Trefoil window
Valchromat, Cathederal Glass, Lead, Acrylic & Electronics.
Stories of old projected via veils of mosaicked stained glass.
Narratives of now streamed by arrays of pulsating pixels.
Both, forgings of light, that align our collective experiences.
For that which differs, are our gestating sensibilities; nurtured by the very nature of the technological messenger.

Anthropocentric Ecologies Bloom


3D Digital Render Stills.

Anthropocentric Ecologies Bloom is a series of sculptural animations composed of 3D scanned ‘Urban Totems’ I captured around London; they are often tall old infrastructures that have been repurposed as mobile phone masts. One of them is an old chimney stack, a former infrastructure for a coal fuelled age now repurposed to pump out binary data. The other is a  Church steeple, a once assertively spired obelisk which now stands as an amputated forbearer of faith; it is crowned and conquered by our new Neo-religious desire for digital information.

Synthesised Ecologies Are Birthed
Steel Conduit, Electrical Sockets, Plywood & Motors.

This installation presents a synthesised ecosystem. Roaming around it are mechanically trembling unitsormed of technological components dissected from discarded electronic utilities, such as computers, ventilation fans and microwaves. They are controlled by a self-generating, autonomous algorithm which eventually leads them to pulling the plug on themselves. Entangled in the metallic stems; bearing the fruits of electricity, are the flat pack sheets from which the units have been birthed. 

Loop or Line
Steel Conduit, Electrical Sockets, Plywood, Motors.

Aimless mechanised tumble weeds of human formed debris or free roaming autonomous organisms?

Confined to preconceived patterns of logic, yet Imbued with the condition of chaos - free will?
A Neo-nature births from the cyclically processes of manufacture, consumption and obsolescence.
The maker and the made; reflective extensions of one another.

©Gus Skottowe 2021