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Fallout by Tim Head - © Patu Tifinger
Fallout is inspired by The Unswept Floor, a Roman mosaic depicting debris from a feast, such as gnawed chicken bones and overturned wine glasses, strewn across the floor in a trompe l'oeil effect. For this modern interpretation, Head chose to depict hugely enlarged silhouettes of familiar consumer products – a disposable camera, phone card, CD case and plastic drink stirrers – that are often discarded on the street, never to be enshrined in a museum. With the constant evolution of technology and consumer products, some of these objects would today be considered historic relics, soon to become museum artefacts.
British artist Tim Head's (born 1946) early installations investigated the process of perception and the method of scientific enquiry. In the early 1980s he used photography to explore the world of commerce in order to speculate on the roles of technology and corporate power and on how their functions become accepted as an inevitable part of daily existence. Since the late 90's, using digital projections, screens and inkjet prints, he has developed computer programs that focus on certain intrinsic properties of the digital medium to reveal its elusive material substance.
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