A radioactive wand is waved, an Olympic flame is beamed across the sky, and a coal mine burns forever beneath the Earth. A history of energy proceeds not just through rational gestures, but through the stuff of magic, of stealing from the gods.
In How to improve the world (you will only make things worse), Craig Fahner and Steve Gurysh draw from the genealogy of energy to enact a magical circuit, transporting a flame across time and space. Referencing such events as the 1976 Montreal Olympic torch relay, this work remystifies technological process into Promethean ritual, highlighting the absurdities of the Modernist spectacle.
2011 and ongoing