“Remote Hi-fi” is a part of a lineage
of works that originated as my thesis project for an MFA at Columbia
University in 2000. The project was called “Distaurt”
and it was based on the irony of consumerism; that we are enslaved
by the need to own objects. We buy a product which fulfils a particular
function, and by doing so we incorporate it into our lives in such
a way that we are brought to think we can no longer live without
it. Our ability to manipulate it at will contributes to the illusion
of having shaped our lives according to our needs, and therefore
of being in control. My intention was to alter this perception.
The project consisted of purchasing consumer goods used daily by
millions of people in their immediate environments, ‘modifying’
their function and finally returning them back to the marketplace.
In this way, the altered product would re-circulate and would eventually
become part of someone's environment, and slowly and subtly take
control of his or her life.
Although “Remote Hi-fi” may seem like a common household
appliance, it is not exactly that. The radio was bought at an electronics
shop in Barcelona and then bugged with a cellular phone and with
a microcontroller that understands phone tones (DTMF). Once connected
to the AC line, the phone inside the radio will automatically go
on and by
• Size: 25x25x65
- Media: Radio, GSM module, DTMF decoder, BS2, ISD chip - 2002