Technology is restructuring our communication methods, transforming our perceptions and interactions with our environment, and rendering the physical realm comparatively cumbersome and slow.

Untitled VIII. © Victoria J. Dean, Winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017

Disconnected from the modern digital world, these material structures and the systems in which they once functioned are obsolete. With the simplicity and directness of a symbolic form, each structure withholds its message, alluding to a relic from a forgotten language.

“The Illusion of Purpose” explores ideas of materiality, monumentality and the sculptural, questioning the relevance of the physical in our increasingly virtual age, and in a world of communication hijacked by technology.

—Victoria J. Dean

“Illusion of Purpose” is on view at Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland, until April 21, 2018. The work was also just published as a book by Another Place Press.

This project was singled out by the jury of the Emerging Talent Awards 2017. See all of the inspiring projects from this year’s 50 talents!