FOUNTAINS OF KNOWLEDGE AND MONEY
Fountain of Money by Théophile Blandet explores the idea of a digital deluge. This sculpture generates a constant flow of digital currency. A large cooling tube keeps the computer processors inside from overheating, which is reflected in the design. The tube is balanced atop carved resin flames. Unlike the money shooting out indiscriminately, the sculpture itself is carefully crafted.
Thick smears of pigment cover the computer screen in the form of a Kim Kardashian selfie, a Bob Ross YouTube video, and cult Japanese figure Hatsune Miku. By painting popular internet images onto this window to the digital world, Théophile Blandet shuts off our access to its omniscience. In Fountain of Knowledge, the painted images freeze the screen, just as we become frozen in the face of the sheer volume of available information spilling out. The efficiency of technology is reduced to zero and becomes obsolete. The paintings are the opposite of the original images. They take hours, even days to make and have a physical staying power.
Graduation project, 2017