“The term extimité, which unites the words exterior and intimacy, gives distinction to estrangement as a live and dynamic margin. Sensations of familiarity and strangeness herald the auxiliary realm between interior and exterior: mind, body, psyche, identity and culture.”
Of Giants presents four unworldly figures; their scale, form and materiality recognising the ineffable qualities of ecological systems. Each figure is equipped with custom-made technologies, drawing in climate data from the local environment: wind, temperature and ultra-violet light. The data is presented in two formats: as sound recordings, and live synthesised sound translations. These artworks digress from standard methodologies of data analysis by targeting the body’s innate architecture of sensory interpretation. Hearing separates signal from noise, variance from value … temporal experience begets meaning. Each figure stands as a temporary embodiment of a developing concept: a concept which recognises the potential of eco-electronics to facilitate and support an emerging ‘green’ culture, alongside artists such as Natalie Jeremijenko, Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger. The works represent cross-disciplinary research: ecology, technology, biology, psychology, philosophy and cultural studies, and research in pursuit of ‘the divide’; the boundary between nature and nurture, between human and environmental ecologies.