flower bulbs, repurposed glass vessels, river rocks, water, DC motor, mechanical metronome, plywood
Program Interrupted is an exploration of the intersection between humanity, technology, and the natural world, particularly as it relates to the cycles of life and death. The installation features an analog metronome, set to a tempo of 60 BPM, which serves as a symbol of the industrialized construct of human life. The choice of 60 BPM reflects the average human heartbeat, emphasizing the ways in which technology has been used to regulate and control our existence.
Contrasting this is the ephemeral nature of the flower bulbs that are the only living components of the installation. These bulbs are planted in repurposed glass vessels, and as they live and die in the exhibition space or in the hands of those who take part in the gifting aspect of the work, they highlight the natural cycles of life and death. The bulbs can potentially cycle back to life given the right conditions and time, suggesting the possibility of renewal and regeneration.
Meanwhile, the time lapse photography incorporated into the installation illustrates how differently time is experienced by other living beings, emphasizing the disconnection that humans have from the natural cycles and rhythms that surround us. The process of making the installation itself also highlights this disconnect, as it involves the use of industrialized processes and materials, such as the extraction of resources and the production of metal and wood for the metronome and shelf, respectively.
Program Interrupted invites viewers to reflect on the ways in which humanity has interrupted the natural cycles of life and death, and the potential for renewal and regeneration that can arise from reconnecting with the natural world.