“Have we got the right to get lost?” was the question behind the exhibition On/Off by SIBLING. In a world that is totally connected – through data cables, smart phones, radio frequencies and surveillance drones – SIBLING created a space where no white noise could enter through the construction of a type of Faraday cage. Discovered by Michael Faraday in 1836 it is a structure covered by a conductive material that prevents electromagnetic charges reaching its interior. It is the ultimate disconnection space.
Within the mirror-clad monolith created by SIBLING sits a starkly warm space where smartphone reception is blocked. It is a gesture to physically connect people in a space with architecture creating a filter (or temporary firewall) between the individual and the world. The space of disconnection is situated within a red grid, which is reflected by a mirror into infinity creating an endless outside world.
On/Off was an exhibition at the University of Melbourne from September 13 - October 4 as part of the ABP Alumni Survey Series. During the exhibition a series of events occurred – arduino workshops, well-being seminars and lunches – to experiment within a space of disconnection. A film and publication also accompanied the exhibition.