Kailum Graves

Spukhafte Fernwirkung

FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Videoart
Electronic Language International Festival

“Spukhafte Fernwirkung” involved manually collecting every photo uploaded to www.road.is – a website that uses a vast network of webcams to show the road and driving conditions of Iceland – each day for a year. The digital is dominated by metaphors of space, with terms like cyberspace or virtual reality, whereas Kailum Graves was interested in time, because time is (digitally speaking) ignored, or viewed as a frustration – the time it once took a dial-up modem to connect to the Internet, or how long it takes to download something.

Kailum Graves is an artist and binary archivist critically obsessed with the web and born-digital content. He is particularly interested in examining the politics of the image and the construction of truth. To do this, he uses the Internet, which has normalized the act of collecting and compiling information, to preserve and curate found images and raw material. The aim is to engage with the cultural space and aesthetics of the Internet – and the vast amount of digital information it contains – as a subject, material, and tool of artistic production.