Review: Archeological iPhone at New York art installation

By Penny Craswell

US artist Evan Yee has created an exhibition and installation at the offices of the Fueled Collective in New York that explores technology, future and past, and humanity’s relationship to it through a series of humorous objects, including an iPhossil, which posits a distant future where an iPhone is an archeological find.

The artist Evan Yee poses with Fuelled Collective founders Ryan Matzner and Rameet Chawla. Image: Fuelled Collective
The artist Evan Yee (left) poses with Fueled Collective Director Ryan Matzner (centre) and Fueled Collective Founder and CEO Rameet Chawla (right). Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee

The Fueled Collective is a co-working space for start-ups that opened in New York’s trendy So-Ho in 2013, started by Rameet Chawla and Ryan Matzner of mobile development company Fueled.

Now home to almost 30 of New York’s most exciting technology companies, the Fueled Collective has an interior design that is grungy and retro, with grit and texture, featuring worn leather, unfinished wood and objets d’art that look like they are straight from an 18th Century wunderkammer.

Evan Yee, a young artist from Oakland, California, has created an added layer to this already visually rich office, creating “App-Store”, an conceptual mobile and technology installation that encourages the viewer to question our relationship with technology.

Start-Up is designed to look like a tech store, but its objects are ironic. Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee
Start-Up is designed to look like a tech store, but its objects are ironic. Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee

Exhibited in a dedicated room that’s designed to mimic an Apple store (as well as throughout the Fueled workplace) a series of objects provoke questions regarding technology and its relationship to humanity, past, future and present.

An hourglass in the shape of an iPhone, an iPhossil (found in an imaginary future), a giant “pinwheel of death” – these are just some of the objects on display in this inventive reimagining of technology.

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Hourglass in an iphone. Image: Fuelled Collective
Hourglass in an iPhone. Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee
iphossil by Evan Yee. Image: Fuelled Collective
The iPhossil imagines a future archeological find. Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee
The "giant pinwheel of death" takes centre stage in the office. Image: Fuelled Collective
The “giant pinwheel of death” takes physical form. Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee
The Fuelled Collective offices. Image: Fuelled Collective
The Fueled Collective is a vibrant, grungy, co-working space. Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee
This view-finder fits the iPhone - one for each eye. Image: Fuelled Collective
This view-finder fits two iPhones – one for each eye. Image: Fuelled Colective/Evan Yee
Detail view of the viewfinder. Image: Fuelled Collective
Detail view of the viewfinder. Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee
Old meets new. Image: Fuelled Collective
Old meets new in this Skype painting/object. Image: Fueled Collective/Evan Yee

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