Artist Statement

“I think that there is a potential that resides in this tool in the same way that potential resides in a hammer.”

“For me the idea of folding a tool upon a tool is really interesting.”

“There is something about being able to hold and touch that creates a reality that is different from an abstract idea you can’t touch or see without another tool…”

Chad Curtis   |   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Something I really struggled with throughout the whole project is the question of where the tool resides. Any number of tools have been implemented in my work from the computer to the CNC machine. For me the idea of folding a tool upon a tool is really interesting.

But ultimately, for this project, I defined my tool as data. After the Earthquake in Japan, a group of people took it upon themselves to fabricate Geiger counters to measure radiation levels. They returned the information they collected to the public via the internet because the government was not disclosing any of this information. These 24 templates represent 24 hours of data collected from 8 different sites.

The templates can be used to turn a three-dimensional object in clay or plaster. Their function is to make data material. They can turn numeric information into a physical object with weight and a particular scale. There is something about being able to hold and touch that creates a reality that is different from an abstract idea you can’t touch or see without another tool, the Geiger counter.

I think that there is a potential that resides in this tool in the same way that potential resides in a hammer. It is the choice of how one engages and chooses to activate it that determines what the tool does to the world.