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Secondhand Market, 2178

Shangyuan Art Museum



Set in a used goods market stall in the year 2178, this exhibition looks at objects that are in our future and the market’s past. Most of the objects are hacked together devices that are used daily by people. Many of the objects are knockoffs of branded items that the original user couldn’t or wouldn’t buy—mag-lev sandals, CRISPR gene editing gun, and bio-synthetic filtration units. Some are objects meant to bypass the commercial market in other ways such as a wireless energy hijacker or a lifi to wifi convertor. Like at any flea market, some are things that you don’t understand why anyone would buy—solar sail message in a bottle.


The devices are made from found objects, resin casting, and 3D printing. Some “work”, as far as they light up, buzz, or puff air. They are mostly made with currently predicted technology in mind. Technology is advancing at such a rapid pace, we really don’t know what will be important in 200 years, but if thousands of years of human history is any guide, we know that its application and availability will be severely uneven. In 2019, while some people have semi-autonomous cars and phones that can access most of human knowledge, many more are reliant on donkey carts and lack even basic communication technology.

该设备是由被发现的物件而制造出来的,然后透过树脂铸造和3D打印而产生。一些物件只要透过点燃,发出嗡嗡声或吹气,就能 “运作“。它们大多是根据当前预测的技术制作的。技术正以如此快的速度发展,我们更加不知晓200年后什么才是最重要的。但时,如果我们以人类几千年的历史为导,我们知道它的应用和可用性将变得严重地不平衡。在2019年,虽然一些人拥有能够获取大部分人类知识的半自动汽车和手机,但更多的人群更依赖于驴车,甚至缺乏基本的通讯技术。

At the market, the items will be for sale by a loudspeaker tout. Anyone have 300 credits so I can buy this vintage DNA storage device and see what’s stored on it?!


Made while in residence at Shangyuan Art Museum