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In the archaic landscape of yesterday’s world, one could easily picture a peak of a mountain emerging from a bank of fog, touched by the softest of lights and vibrating with the trembling sounds of a simple,yet once essential to a human’s existence animal:a sheep.
But this sort of visualization has gone extinct, together with all the classical, simple, common objects and acts that surrounded us and created our world. Nowadays you can find a trace of this surreal world in museums and old movies, offering us a glimpse of a much simpler world, a world where one’s life was not dedicated and subjugated by the newest and finest of technologies.
Who can remember the old black and white movies, where shapes and dialogues where the main focus and not elaborated 3d scenes with millions of sound and graphic effects that become the main focus of a movie or the simple sound of a rotary phone who’s buzzing was an well-recognizable one for everyone, and not the latest song found on iTunes.So where could this reminiscent objects of our past fit in our ever-changing world?
Jean Luc Cornec’s exhibit at the Museum of Communications in Frankfurt seeks to explore and exploit such memories. The exhibition tries to express to the common visitor the simplified image of yesterday through a flock of free-roaming sheep sculpted from old, analog, rotary phones.
Though this may seem a bit odd, the mutation and union of two items contradictory in their core, a living creature and a static element have come to raise a lot of questions about the future of other now considered essential objects in our existence.
Where is this going to end and where are we leading today’s world?