Artist Focus 11: Juneau Projects

September 21, 2013 on Blog, Updates by Kristy Diaz

Juneau Projects was formed in Birmingham in 2001 by Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler. Their work features painting, sculpture, installation, animation, sound, music and participatory elements. They are particularly interested in the rapidly increasing speed of technological development, and its associated obsolescence.

Chapel of the Infocalypse

Juneau Projects’ new installation imagines how society’s attitude towards technology might change following some form of global disaster. Once familiar objects become a focus for worship, the scientific explanations of their functions being replaced by ideas of mysticism and magic.

Juneau Projects have been fascinated for a number of years now by the phenomenon of Cargo Cults (indigenous societies forming religious beliefs, following contact with more technologically advanced colonizing societies, in the hope of gaining material wealth) and the way in which technology completely revolutionizes the societies involved.

This new work is an attempt to imagine how situations akin to Cargo Cults might arise following some form of information apocalypse.

Evolution and revolution

‘Revolution for us is about change. We are constantly considering what we do and, if it is not working (for us at least), we change it. Change maintains our interest in our work and our practice develops through a balance of evolution and revolution.’ Juneau Projects

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