When in ‘sleep’ mode, the indicator lights on Macs glow rhythmically. Sleep transforms this behavior into light for projection, rendering the computer a glorified, overpriced flashlight.
Patented by Apple in 2003 as the “Breathing Status LED Indicator,” the sleep-mode indicator lights on Macs pulses, glowing on and off. This installation — made with collaborator and mulitmedia artist Elisa Giardina Papa – turns this indicator light into material for projection. The laptop lights cast shadows on paper cut-outs of hands, each set in the familiar form of a shadow puppet.
Sleep turns the laptop into an overqualified flashlight. The computer becomes a site for installation — a site for misuse — leaving its thousand-dollar capacity for computation squandering in ironic obsolescence.
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