Sally Rodgers - nano
A sound work and micro sculpture by Sally Rodgers that considers the diachronic miniaturisation of computing technologies. Using sonic archeology techniques and oral testimony from three generations of the same family ‘nano’ recreates the rattle and hum of obsolete computers and couples these sounds with a meditative oral narrative. Charting the life-span of computing, the story begins in the late 1950s when giant, noisy mainframe computers were first introduced into the workplace. Moving on through the 1980s with the start up sounds and whirring fans of early home computers and winding up in the abstract world of remote access, ‘nano’ considers the current generation of users whose computers are tiny and contain nothing but the sounds they choose to load into them. To illustrate the concept further the accounts from Sally’s mother Shirley, sister Jayne and niece Bibi, and a bricolage of historical and recorded sounds are played back via miniature hardware.