Jenny Odell - Greener Pastures - Neo-Surreal (2017)Jenny Odell - Greener Pastures - Neo-Surreal (2017)
Jenny Odell - Greener Pastures - Neo-Surreal (2017)

digital prints

"Neo-Surreal is a collection of work that extracts intentionally and unintentionally surreal imagery from 1980s BYTE magazine ads. The reconfiguration of this material highlights the ways in which such imagery, viewed in hindsight, inadvertently portrays some of the stranger and more sinister aspects that technology eventually came to embody. For instance, one finds things like a computer wearing a policeman's hat and wielding a riding crop (evoking surveillance) or a pill opening to reveal a computer chip (evoking biometrics). Similarly to Richard Prince in his Cowboys series, I've done nothing here except to remove the text, restore some backgrounds, and re-title the images. I completed this work while in residence at the Internet Archive."

J. Split