My computer just started to smoke

Dardex - Mon Ordinateur Commence A Fumer - Safran - Amiens 2016Safra’Numériques, Amiens (France), 2016 (© Collectif Dardex)

Quentin Destieu, Sylvain Huguet, installation, 2012

“Totally worn down by viruses, my poor PC has got his CPU and GPU completely warmed up. Infected by pop ups and trojans caught on the net, my computer broke down and physically turned to a nicotine addict. We thus offered him a hookah.”
Following a sort of computer animism philosophy, the two artists of the Dardex Collective picture the bodily reactions of their computer. The installation shows a computer transformed into a hoover: it inhales smoke from a hookah, following the temperature variations of its processors.
The computer runs “his” own dedicated software that explores the mercantile universe of the web only made of pop ups. A insight into the virtual world, between freedom and constraints.
This installation was completed with support and production of M2F Créations.

Mon ordinateur commence à fumer2Les Fêtes des 01, Labomedia, Orléans (France), 2013 (© Collectif Dardex)

my computer just started to smokeFestival GAMERZ 08, Susini Gallery, Aix-en-Provence (France), 2012 (© Luce Moreau)

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