A series of aluminium structures is set with programmable LED strips, constructing fragments of text that originated in the process of sourcing electronic components from China.
The language that emerges as a byproduct of global mass-manufacturing constructs a particular form of production-centred pidgin poetry. Alibaba.com thus becomes a source of both material and content.
The materiality of the made-in-China electronics sits in contrast to the bespoke hand crafted aluminium tracks. Aligning the abstraction of form to the abstraction of the text, the words can only be read upon animated illumination.
> Commissioned by Jerwood Visual Arts
> Thanks to Charles Duffy, Leon Eckert, Ben Ditzen, Frank Verkade, April Cai, Cici Chen, Ann Lin.