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Restore to Factory Settings

Felicity Hammond

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Size: 147.6 W x 96.5 H x 0.2 D in

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Photography: C-type on Aluminium.

BLUE IS THE COLOUR OF THE SCREEN WHEN IT IS UNABLE TO TRANSMIT INFORMATION; IT IS A MISCOMMUNICATION, AN ERROR REPORT, A SIMULATION OR SUBSTITUTION. IT IS THE PRINT OF FUTURE PLANNING YET IT IS ALSO FAILURE, ALREADY REDUNDANT. THE COLOUR BLUE IS CORRUPTED, DUPLICITOUS, AND HOUSES A DUAL SPACE; IT IS THE COLOUR OF ALLEGORY.

‘RESTORE TO FACTORY SETTINGS’ REFERS TO THIS PARADOXICAL READING OF BLUE, WHERE THE URBAN LANDSCAPE HAS BEEN DISMEMBERED, WHILST AT THE SAME TIME HAS GONE THROUGH A PROCESS OF CAREFUL RECONSTRUCTION. IT EXPLORES THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN THE PAST AND THE PRESENT TO IMAGINE FUTURE POTENTIALITIES, EXPLORING DYSTOPIAN VISIONS THROUGH ENGAGING IN THE COMPLEXITY OF RESTORATION, LONGING, AND HOMESICKNESS. THE UNATTAINABILITY OF THE PAST IS ENGULFED BY THE MATERIALITY OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE RUIN, WHERE HUMAN INTERVENTION APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN REABSORBED INTO THE LANDSCAPE. THIS WORK STANDS FOR BOTH PROGRESSION AND ERROR, AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURAL TEMPORALITY.


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