Abacus Lights is an installation of lighting objects, each are made from materials salvaged from computer waste and resembles the form of abacus.
Through the network of computers and softwares running multiple functions at any given time, the whole network works as one coherent system that feeds each terminal to create an international feedback loop of data, numbers. With this work, we are trying to dissect this complex system into something we can understand, something more primitive and familiar.
At the same time, as the idea of recycling has entered the public consciousness in the last a few decades, recycling operation became more methodical, calculated and detailed.
In the recycling process of industrial scale, the material collected are often brought back into its elemental form, often to the point where its separated down to pure elements, such as gold, aluminium etc. Each abacus is made of aluminium frame with glass balls as beads, mounted on glass tubes that house CCFL tubes which are used as backlighting for Bloomberg computer screens. Glass balls are vacuum coated in elements found in computers and screens, such as aluminium, gold or aluminium/bronze (which produces slightly pinkish tone similar to copper). With Abacus Light, we aim to draw a comparison between the beginning and the current states of objects that affect our everyday life in significant yet often invisible ways.
Abacus Lights was commissioned by Bloomberg for Waste Not Want It, curated by Arts Co.
About the commission:
The fourth edition of 'Waste Not, Want It’ brings the best of UK and international design talent into the heart of Bloomberg’s London office. The exhibition officially launches 6th November and will remain in Bloomberg’s office for a year. The designers selected for 2014 are: Eelko Moorer, El Ultimo Grito, Eyal Burstein, Glithero, Studio Togood and Study O Portable. Commissioned for Bloomberg Philanthropy by cultural production agency Arts Co, ‘Waste Not Want It’ provides a platform for some of the UK’s most dynamic designers. The unique furniture and art installations are made almost entirely of Bloomberg’s waste including cable flex, cardboard boxes, screens and monitor components and wood pallets, startlingly reinvented into technically innovative and environmentally responsible work. The initiative complements Bloomberg’s existing programme of innovative arts sponsorship and further extends the company’s on-going commitment to cultural initiatives that promote public awareness and interaction with the arts and society worldwide.