2013: Tanner Teale, Art Center Fellow


1-2-3-4 is a series of mobile screen captures taken at 12:34 am or pm. The project stops short of the contextual value of the numbers, seeing only the decontextualized components. It exposes the poetic arrangement that forms the longest string of sequential numbers in our colloquial reference to time-of-day. The documentation of this moment is embedded with mundane, but revealing, parts of my personal life; such as text messages, event reminders and album covers. This act of self-archivism forms an abstraction of my existence, which will become truth for further layers of abstraction. The collection phase of the project is complete once 1,234 screen captures have been gathered.

Tanner Teale’s perspective on design (as a process and mode of inquiry) is rooted in street photography, programming and conceptual art. The motivation for his work lies in his interest and compulsions around systems, poetics and archivism. The work seeks to re-present common objects, interactions and technologies through misuse — researching their potentials, both productive and unproductive — in order to better understand the world as it presents itself. http://www.tannerteale.com