Skulpturenpark Köln

KölnSkulptur #10
Participating artists
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Dane Mitchell
Dane Mitchell, Post hoc
Post hoc, 2019/2020
Two cell tower pine trees, each comprising: galvanized steel, mild steel, aluminium, plastic, antenna, solid state drive, mesh network, MP3 player, amplifier, speakers and electrical components
Stiftung Skulpturenpark Köln
represented at KölnSkulptur 10

Dane Mitchell has worked with a company who produce fake-tree telecommunication towers, used across the world by the telecommunication and surveillance industries to camouflage technology in the landscape, to realise a work that announces and transmits a list handmade by the artist of lost, extinct and disappeared entities and phenomena (approximately 260 categories). The list, which takes over six months to read, is uttered by an electronic voice and can be heard from the two trees in the park or listened to by way of the WIFI network generated by the cell-trees.


The vast list spans an almost incomprehensible range of subjects: missing artworks; extinct sign languages; lost bodies of water; discontinued newspapers; banned and withdrawn pharmaceuticals; chimerical, forbidden or impossible colours; extinct plants; lost films; previously recognised constellations; destroyed comets; banned aroma molecules; defunct electronic trading platforms; historical currencies; closed nuclear facilities; failed banks; black holes; fossilised birds; prehistoric mammals; sinkholes; cured diseases; former national anthems; tax havens; extinct birds; destroyed monuments; recessions; discontinued photographic film; dinosaurs; disbanded political parties; censored exhibitions; secret societies; supernova; lost archives to name but a few.


Post hoc takes a look at the implications of the disappearance.


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