Being essentially neutral, these technologies have a huge social impact but are unable to change the humans themselves, only creating a kind of feedback loop that amplifies their inherent qualities to the extreme. The resulting rifts between the technological capabilities and society’s preparedness for them allow again and again to concentrate almost unlimited power in the hands of a few random people who are unable to use it for the benefit of anyone but themselves.
The piece is dedicated to Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov, the creator of thermonuclear fusion technology, human rights activist, and dissident, who devoted his whole life to bridging this rift.
A fragment of a recently declassified recording of the soviet thermonuclear weapon’s first test, the very fact of the publication of which became another move in the information war, goes through a series of digital-to-analog transformations through various surveillance and broadcasting devices and audiovisual feedback systems, fusing abstract and concrete sonic and visual images.
1. Beamer (projector) with HDMI input, 4K resolution, 10 000 lumens and more, on the ceiling.
2. 2x active performance speakers with subwoofers, 500W RMS and more.
3. 2x active DI-boxes.
4. Analog or digital audio mixing board.
5. HDMI cable from projector to the performer’s table.
6. 2x XLR cables from mixer to the DI-boxes on the performer’s table.
7. Power extension cord with 5-6 sockets on the performer’s table.
8. Power extension cord with 1 socket on the camera’s site.
9. Camera tripod, maximum height – 2 meters.
10. Table, 0.5x1 meter surface, 1.2-meter height.
1. Modified hybrid video mixer/synthesizer.
2. Portable media player with analog output.
3. Wireless analog video camera and receiver.
4. Author's Videovox instrument / modified wired radio receiver.
5. AV to 4K HDMI converter.