My desk, 2002

This commentary on the paradox of the equally constant and ephemeral advancement of technology is reinforced by the thick compression artifacts characteristic of the second-generation (sub-megapixel) digital camera. To achieve greater detail of loss and noise, the camera was thrown from the roof of a vehicle at a velocity of 137 kilometers per hour, collected from the shoulder of Texas highway 281, and forcefully reassembled.

The desk (Jerker, IKEA) supports the nerve centre of the apartment and its operator. Five independently-switchable displays provide visual access to a range of devices including computers, A/V source components, game consoles, and security cameras. Control systems include IR distribution, RS-232, X-10, and various RF and low-voltage relay systems, which enable complete control of media and environment. A routing VLR matrix interfaces all audio and video source components to all display devices and audio systems in the entire apartment, switching any input to any output with breakway audio and video. A separate mixer enables simultaneous monitoring of any six audio devices. When fully-powered up, this equipment together draws almost 1200 watts and is connected to two independent circuits. A line-interactive uninterruptible power supply supports essential systems (router, switch, Power Mac) during frequent power failures.

Photo: Grayscale JPEG. Apple QuickTake 200 digital camera (1997). Impact-adjusted Fujinon 5.7mm lens.