N.A.N.O. , B.I.O. , I.N.F.O. , C.O.G.N.O.
Aluminum Server Rack, Cat 6 Ethernet Cables, Zip Ties, Laser Cut Acrylic, Raspberry Pi MicroComputer and Keyboard, Emergency Food Rations, Lifesaver Jerry Can with 2 Year Nanoscale Water Filter, 100 Shares of Publicly Traded Companies ( N.A.N.O.: Altair Nanotech Inc., B.I.O.: Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc, I.N.F.O.: RIT Technologies LTD, C.O.G.N.O.: Intellect Neurosciences Inc)
40 x 98 x 25 in each
2015




























Installation view at Now? Now! the central exhibition of the 2015 Biennial of the Americas at MCA Denver.

Excerpt from Art in America review "The Biennial of the Americas Puts Colorado at the Center of the Map" by Julia Wolkoff:

    "Sterling Crispin’s four totem-like sculptures N.A.N.O., B.I.O., I.N.F.O., C.O.G.N.O. (all 2015) express anxiety for the future based on events in the present. In the California-based artist’s “now,” the Los Angeles water shortage is starkly contrasted with Silicon Valley’s endless optimism. Taking into account Moore’s Law, a prediction for an exponential rate of accelerated change in computing capability, Crispin sees a future where humans are obsolete due to environmental catastrophe and robotic ingenuity. Each work—part survival kit, part investment strategy—comes equipped with emergency food rations, a Lifesaver jerry can (a water filter that enables a family of four to survive for two years) and 100 shares of publicly traded technology stock. Small computer monitors track the stock prices and geolocations of each piece. For the forward-looking collector, owning one of these sculptures fulfills the desire to make good on your investment as well as a doomsday contingency plan. Who says that art can’t be useful?"