COMPLETELY SUBMERGED TURNTABLE INSTALLATION STILL PLAYS MUSIC
Evan Holm is an installation artist whose conceptual works play with the often short lifespan of our favorite technologies. Holm has a certain obsession with records, and has both fossilized them and turned them into interactive art machines since he began commenting on the outdated hipster tool of expression and entertainment.
It’s been stated that societies as advanced as ours have existed before, but that the only thing which would remain of these societies would be large, sculpted pieces of stone, which draws many to dedicate their lives to studying places like Göbekli Tepe and the site of the Great Pyramids. Certainly an iPhone would grind to dust beneath shifting sheets of ice and rock, and the only thing that would remain as evidence of any culture is the large stone structures.
Holm finds interest in this same concept, creating his Submerged Turntables interactive installation and performance piece – which maintains its ability to play music from the record almost flawlessly while being submerged beneath a natural element – with this in mind:
There will be a time when all tracings of human culture will dissolve back into the soil under the slow crush of the unfolding universe. The pool, black and depthless, represents loss, represents mystery and represents the collective subconscious of the human race. By placing these records underneath the dark and obscure surface of the pool, I am enacting a small moment of remorse towards this loss. In the end however this is an optimistic sculpture, for just after that moment of submergence; tone, melody and ultimately song is pulled back out of the pool…
The video is pretty impressive, and you can see it below, with more information and a making-of here.