Sound and image, user intervention into 1999 iMac G3 computers using hand-held amplification probes and parasitic electronics
iMac Music is a series of user interventions into early iMac G3 computers. The computers begin running recognizable software on a manipulated OS X desktop. Through the duration of the performance the computers’ circuitry becomes increasingly corrupted through manipulations, visual distortions are created on-screen and sound material is tapped from the running circuitry of the computers.
The performance itself traces the process whereby a digital apparatus is reduced from function to raw material, marked by a point where the machines inevitably become unusable as intended, and rebooting into the next movement of the performance.
iMac Music has occured in various configurations, solo with percussion, percussion trio, and an individual intervention with multiple machines.
In addition to being a spectacular experience for the public, he also confronts them with the imposed superfluous consumer electronics such as televisions and mobile phones. The performance is a critical reflection on the medium and thus has a motive that is prevalent in both the media art and the contemporary art world.
Fabian van Sluijs, Are nerds the new avant garde?, Motherboard/VICE
The work demands a special kind of digital literacy: encountering visual stacks and sonic triggers that were part of our everyday activity, sometimes for years on end, heightens our awareness of the techno-ecological race we’re caught up in, making obsolescence a powerful poetic resource.Sally Jane Norman, Senses of Liveness in Digital Times, IETM