Kudo’s Pixels ruminates on the movement of images in the digital age. His piece is an assemblage of components that include brown paper packages, a ‘pixel’ dispenser, calculator, wad of blu-tack and an illuminated grid with each square individually numbered from 0000 to 1199. Written instructions invite you to take a hand-made pixel (a small wooden square printed with a partial image) and follow an equation using the calculator to determine the correct position of the pixel inside the gridded frame. A piece of blu-tak adheres the pixel and the process is repeated until all 1200 pixels have been dispensed and the final image revealed. To complete the image and see his final work, Kudo requires you and other visitors to work together. Many hands make light work but it’s still a far cry from the effortless swipe of a screen or tap of a keyboard. Kudo’s arduous activity feels out of step with this time. It is in this disjuncture, however, that Kudo conjures the otherwise invisible work (and workers) that happens behind our screens and in the cloud.
Written By Curator Sally Brand for BLAZE XI 2017