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g (2008) - Jack Strange

By Ceci Moss


A lead ball rests on the "g" key of a laptop, producing the letter "g" within the body of a Word document. Eventually, the document becomes so large that it crashes the computer.

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Matthew Williamson 6 years, 4 months agoReply

g is for gangsta.

Duncan Malashock 6 years, 4 months agoReply


ted davis 6 years, 4 months agoReply

brilliant. Hmm wonder how long word/comp lets this happen before crashing?

Dennis 6 years, 4 months agoReply

Is it coincidence that the ball reminds of an Apple? Can't tell if the laptop is a Mac…

m 6 years, 4 months agoReply

the g key is very close to a (well, at least on the same line) - a being the first letter of apple.

Mario Zoots 6 years, 4 months agoReply

super duty tuph

Frank Hecker 6 years, 4 months agoReply

g = ~9.8m/s^2

nratzan 4 years, 7 months agoReply

What I like about this piece is a certain passive aggressiveness. The artist understands the computer and how it works, and yet he's uninterested in getting anything functional or productive out of the productivity machine. Instead, in an almost luddite, read "leadite", way, the artist fatally yet thoughtfully designs a simple way to allow the technology to be it's own destructor. The artist understands the technology, but does not engage the computer through code or creating a virus. Instead, something human though technologically very simple, a piece of shaped lead, is placed on top of the machine and the machine's own functionality leads to it's demise through crashing by virtue of it's incapacity to sustain and manage it's own productivity.
It speaks volumes of a certain relationship between humans and technology. Maybe this isn't what the artist implied, but if it is what he implied, it's an elegant way to communicate this passive-aggressive luddite attitude.