Kenneth Millington

As the analogue switch-off reaches completion, our televisions will solely derive signals from digital services.  Accompanying this transition will be the disappearance of the familiar image of television static. This technological relic was the result of a lost broadcast signal. A weaker signal was immediately subject to interference. A disturbance that found its source in local weather, lightning, solar flares, signal leakage and even the residue of the Big Bang, namely the Cosmic Microwave Background Emission (CMB). In that in-between space, the polluted signal, we see the echo of the origin of the universe painted in the phosphors of red, green and blue (RGB).

 

Giant advertising billboards, with their affinity to television, are an appropriate larger- than- life venue for this concept. With the abundance of vacant billboards around the city, these displays could be seen as television screens that are turned off. Placing an image of static upon one site would amount to turning on one TV but not broadcasting anything recognizable. It provides a banner for the passing of an archaic technology.

 

The image is an information landscape. Originally painted in acrylic on parachute cloth at the scale of 4’ 8” x 16 ft, the work was photographically reproduced for the billboard, a translation that mirrors the analogue to digital conversion. Rethinking contemporary landscape painting, the work documents the individual attempt to engage the sublime quality of nature unseen, the universal forces at work outside of the borders of the visual spectrum.