The Unbearable Lightness, 2014

USB, pillow cover, molded clay

20x26in

The concept of ‘taking up space’ has changed greatly in meaning over the past twenty years. Here, the metaphorical ‘weight’ of the data contained within the USB becomes an amplified impression on the pillow underneath, contrasting the gadget’s size (in the traditional sense of the word) with the mass of data stored within. The image uses physicality to bring home traditional notions of space, weight, and mass, that the digital age is making increasingly obsolete.

 

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From afar, the pillow gives the appearance of having a heavly weighted object placed upon it.

An aerial view of the pillow reveals the object to be a USAB stick - physically light, but with the weight of the data it contains implied by the physical impression on the pillow underneath.

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© By Jiwon Woo

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