Requiem For A CPU: Krist Wood's Digital Graveyard
“Chrysalii I,” 2009
A black cube descends upon a frozen landscape and expands, its six panels reassembling into a two-dimensional cross over snow that appears to be tinted toxic with a rainbow-colored haze. What sounds much like an Angelopoulian fever-dream serves as the cover GIF for Krist Wood’s homepage, and it’s an accurate road sign for the work found within.
From the Internet Archaeology guest galleries, Krist Wood is a, “Scientist, musician and artist currently working at the department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. His PhD work involves the genetic engineering of nanomotors; molecular devices capable of converting energy into movement.”
Founder of prominent digital arts collective, Computers Club, this hyperactive polymath abounds at the crux between arts, technology, and their respective cohabiting evolutions. His “Mausoleum II” series, an eerie cadre of manipulated digital photographs and animations, echos as much religious symbolism as it does reminisce passing, deathly landscapes. “Sialiath’s Accretiation Myth,” a multimedia piece including digital images, poetry, video, and a five-song EP, takes the aforementioned black cube to the sky, as Wood’s glowing cross seemingly reflects the myth of creation from the viewpoint of a forgotten technology, like, for instance, the VHS recorder or beta cam. 2010’s “Sediishm” overlays 3D globe-shaped bubbles and Wood’s familiar rainbow haze over geometric landscapes reminiscent of Mount Olympus.
Below, selected works from Wood:
Sediishm II, 2010
I, from “Mausoleum II,” 2011
36, from Sialiath’s Accretion Myth, 2006-2011
Inivichrys I, 2011
While his current work includes the developing Human Civilization series, a seeming graveyard dedicated to the memories of CPUs past, as well as releases from his own Begin Records, we’re consistently keeping an eye on Computers Club, and looking perpetually forward to more work from Wood, in his own, dynamic, evolutionary way.
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