Tuning into artist Paul Weston’s TV testimonial “Conduit” at GCA Gallery

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An ordinary day: You wake up to missed text messages, at breakfast you answer emails, at lunchtime you catch up on Twitter, before you go to bed you update your Facebook status while watching Scandal, you fall asleep to your favorite podcast, and you wake up to a continuing tech-cycle that is your life. Phones, computers, televisions—these are the 21st century limbs we cannot live without. Paul Weston‘s exhibition Conduit at GCA Gallery explores the omnipresence of technology in our lives.

The star gadget in Weston’s current work is the television, which he uses to show how media never really leaves us. Channeling media archeology, the objects in Conduit appear out of sync—some are pristine as if fresh out of the package, while others have accumulated a residue of filth.Television is that reliable friend that is always there for you—whether you need to catch up on your shows or kill time. It is the 21st Century campfire, bringing friends together to socialize and gossip. You may even prefer the static noise to fill your everyday life while getting tasks done at home. When it comes to thinking about your routine without TV, life gets very quiet.

TV is more than fleeing or diverting our daily routines—it has become a staple in contemporary existence. Our biographical narratives and memories are colored by the televisual. Our referents are media icons, we inquire daily if one has seen that new episode, or watched that 3D movie—and if you haven’t you are channeled out and turned off. Even an obsolete TV set with the rabbit-ear antenna still gets more action than a person who doesn’t have a Twitter account. Conduit shows that even without a TV right in front of us, we still live in its perpetual afterglow because the screen never really turns off.

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