INFRA – An installation celebrating the humble TV remote. Shen has repurposed discarded remote controls into a freestanding sculpture utilising the infrared LEDs in the devices to create a functioning TV set that displays live television through invisible light.
In 1955, Eugene Polley (1915 – 2012) created the first wireless remote control for the Zenith Radio Corporation. It was an invention that changed the way we watched television and created the term channel surfing.
“Each of the 625 remote controls is second-hand, without the corresponding TV set – the remotes were discarded, or deemed useless by their previous owners. I have reversed the roles of these devices that are intended to control our TVs, to become the TV itself.”Shen Chris