Login

An invisible TV built from 625 remote controls

infra tv chris shen

Chris Shen is a London-based artist with an affinity for the repurposed. His latest installation, "INFRA," is a radiant, TV-like display made from hundreds of discarded remote controls. Currently on display in London, Shen's light sculpture consists of 625 remotes arranged in a grid formation within a large metal frame. Each remote was positioned with its infrared bulb facing outward, and connected by individual speaker wires to a modified Peggy 2 LED pegboard. This allowed Shen to broadcast live TV through his metal display, with each remote's bulb acting as an individual pixel.

Constructing the piece required meticulous attention to detail, as Shen had to open, clean, and re-wire every single remote. Once activated, however, it creates a stunning array of glowing light, visible through infrared goggles.

Tv

Shen says he designed "INFRA" as a meditation on technological evolution and power. In creating a display from remote controls, he effectively inverts the hierarchy upon which traditional TV viewing was founded, while providing a glimpse into the invisible phenomena that facilitated it. By pointing the remotes directly at the viewer, Shen implicitly raises questions about the man-machine power structure, suggesting that the lines of "control" may not always be one-directional as we think.

"Each of the 625 remote controls is second-hand, without the corresponding TV set", the artist told SlamXHype earlier this month. "The remotes were discarded, or deemed useless by their previous owner. I will reverse the roles of these devices that are intended to control our TVs, to become the TV itself. By exploring infrared technology, I hope to provide insight into a world that is by its very nature unseen."

"INFRA" is currently on display at 18 Hewett Street in London, through February 3rd.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.