Downtime (post-domestic fiction)

generative systems interactive installation

Downtime (post-domestic fiction) refers to the representation of a system comprising of obsolete electric appliances.

Through hacking methodology, the redefinition of their original identity is investigated, thus giving them new uses. The objects have been removed from the original frame of reference becoming rich in functionality. The post-use of existing objects – tools, deliberately questions existing hierarchies. These capabilities extend beyond the system’s practical everyday life applications and become part of a new system. The new system created, a hybrid of analog and digital technologies, faces the depreciation of units not as a conclusion but rather as an opportunity to review their functional capabilities.

In this way, the conditions are being created to maintain the content of the objects active. Through the new use which is assigned to them, the objects become accessible to their reuse and manipulation, while they stand as a potential long-term archival resource.

While the electric appliances are the composers which produce live audio and video, the viewer’s subjective presence is crucial for the development of the project. Through his/her interaction with the objects, his/her personal intervention to the narrative produced, provides a constant influx of new material. Thus the experience evolves rather as a perceptual than a conceptual one.

The project served as a collaborative platform, through which the multilevel reading of the dynamic new system is ensured. Starting from DIY methodologies the project is completed into a DIWO (Do It With Others) ethics.

Read here Jussi Parikka’s review on Downtime (post-domestic fiction).

Participating artists are Ioanna Angelopoulou, Nefeli Georgakopoulou, Veroniki Korakidou, Marinos Koutsomichalis, Antonis Lyras, Afroditi Psarra, Maria Varela. 

Workshop facillitator: Marinos Koutsomichalis (
Curating: Maria Varela – Frown Tails (

  • dimensions

    app. 4m x 2m.

  • technical specifications

    Micro-controller, miscellaneous appliances, hardware hacking, computer-generated audio and video signals, amplifier, loudspeaker(s), cables.

  • exhibition

    Piksel X (Bergen, 2012) | Amber ’12 festival (Istanbul,2012) | Kokona Buriti 84 (Ermoupoli, 2012) | Frown Tails (Athens, 2012).