Drawing on Easterling’s book Extrastatecraft (2014), A.S.T. examines how infrastructure sets the invisible rules that govern the space of everyday lives. With no single, identifiable force to oppose, Noise (back-broadcast through the persistent illusion) takes an interest in unexplored conceptions of agency, resistance and temporality that could evolve from leveraging existing networks, forces, ruptures and flows already in play.
This multichannel video installation incorporates animation work by artist Keith Tillford, planetary scientist Pasquale Tricarico and engineer Andrew Wong. The project also included the website astronaut.io, designed by Wong with James Thompson and featuring sound by musician Jake Meginsky. Editing work was done by Levin Haegele and translation work was done in part by Amani Althuwaini. Production assistance was provided by Ayman Zedani.
Noise (back-broadcast through the persistent illusion) was commissioned by curator Christine Tohme for Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13 in 2017.