Curiosity is the first of all passions. Satisfaction renders us passive. Desire heightens the senses. Attempts at spectacle are of interest not for their capacity to succeed, but rather for the clarity of their failures. The richest contemporary sublime is found in disappointment. It exists in that nostalgia for the ability of the manufactured display to make presentation of the un-presentable.
Ian Burns develops processes that subjugate the seductions of technological media and clichés to supporting roles in the creation of forms and systems that privilege the unique experiences of physicality, investigation and awareness to be found on that thin line between the poetic and the ridiculous.