Keyboard


2013

As the title suggests, Keyboard is a significative artwork made by Philippe Safire alluding to digital technology. The rectangular sculpture is suspended below the audience’s sight line. Over its thin surface, the artist has etched a grid of squares, and also incrusted a pattern of red, gold, and blue mirrors. Random characters twinkle on the sculpture intimating that a code or a message is being dictated. As the sculpture is slightly tilted, this allows the audience to see the projection onto it from a distance. Here typography does not follow the pattern of consumer keyboards, as Safire declines to adopt a manufactured product or style of keyboard. Instead, as a tribute, the artist alludes to the concept as form, depicting the collaborative and innovative work of engineers over time.

Keyboard
2013
Animation, video projection, plexiglass
22 x 8 1/2 x 1/8 in (55.9 x 21.6 x 0.3 cm)