It’s been nearly 65 years since remote controls came to market--at the time, the devices were called "Lazy Bones." Much has changed since then (except for the lazy part), and these days, our smartphones are quickly relegating "clickers" to the landfill.
For Chris Shen, a London artist whose first solo show opens today at 18 Hewett Street, the irrelevance was the allure. Shen’s inaugural exhibition consists of a single installation: Infra, a sculpture made of 625 old remotes collected from trash heaps and secondhand shops across the city. “The remotes were discarded, or deemed useless by their previous owner,” Shen explains. “I will reverse the roles of these devices that are intended to control our TVs, to become the TV itself...."