Entanglement is a comment on the ongoing interweaving practice between infrastructure and nature. Made from solar powered LED strip lights, 4 “power lines” precariously protrude up and out from the ground exposing the hidden infrastructure that lies beneath our feet. Situated as a metaphor for power and energy and taking up electricity as its subject, Entanglement reveals a new world emerging. A world foreign yet familiar, known and unknown.
Entanglement envisions the normally straight lines version of infrastructure, moving in parallel over the landscape, into a tangled web of undulating lines. From one viewing, lines originating underground and terminating in the air. Alternately, those lines may be seen to originate in the sky, and are drawn down to earth. In either case, the exchange remains. Power drawn form the sky to the earth, power drawn from the earth ends up in the air.
Our current power grid contains both directions; fossil fuels from the earth, wind and solar from the sky. Even in the materials used to create the piece, we see this entanglement of fossil fuels and renewable sources. The lights, create with various plastics, find their source in fossil fuels.
Infrastructure is man-made systems and processes that function collaboratively and synergistically with each other to distribute a continuous flow for goods and services and it is something that is not going away anytime soon. As our world inches closer toward an electric future it marks the birth of new systems and process that will soon replace old ones. It is at this moment that it is the most important to remember the structures and systems that have come before, its success’s and its pitfalls in the shaping of this new emerging world.