Unattended Baggage | Suitcase, Electronics | Jack Williams 2017

 
 
 
 

An object that actively claims space by counting up from the last time it moved. I first imagined the details for this project during my residency at the University of Cumbria (UK), when I was traveling on the Tube in London, and an announcement revealed that our train would be delayed until the police could determine the contents of a bag that had been left unattended. We waited in anticipation for about 10 minutes until we were reassured that it was only someone's forgotten luggage; but I was shocked at everyone's relief that it was not a bomb.

I began to think about our relationship to monuments and what they tell us about time. About the way that monuments tell you something about the space that they occupy, and the way ideology is manifested and maintained. I began to think about the baggage that we carry with us, and the things around us that never move. This sculpture was created through a collaboration with my friend (a talented artist, computer scientist, and engineer) Jack Doerner.