Today, when we use a computer, the keyboard is generally a major device used to achieve our desired on-screen results. In terms of typing, some of us use the hunt and peck method to type out words, while others effortlessly glide over the numbers, letters, and symbols, looking anywhere but down at the keyboard. Ultimately, those buttons that connect our thoughts to the screen are an important part of many of our everyday lives.
Artist Babis Pangiotidis knows the value of these keys, and used them to create this sculpture, entitled Hedonism(y) Trojaner. The artist draws on the two symbols of the Trojan Horse, first, an act of trickery that took place during the Trojan War, and second, a type of malicious software that modern-day hackers use to dupe others into downloading computer viruses.
Recreated of hundreds of buttons, the essences of communication, Babis’s sculpture is pointing out an unpleasant truth. The internet itself, not only its viruses deserves the term ‘Trojan’. We are looking for information via internet, we share it and pass some on, voluntary or involuntary. We define ourselves by Facebook profiles, find our jobs online, buy teddy bears or google side effects of viagra. The internet as a medium, humans stuck with their hedonism.