January 25 - February 23, 2008
Fate Machine is a video installation by Danial Nord. The artist escalates his critique of the impacts of techno-consumerism; the work emphasizes peripheral issues of disposability and accountability within the rapid cycles of electronic obsolescence. Giant mechanical shredders pulverize piles of discarded computer components, writhing as they tumble to their disintegration as e-debris, spit onto conveyor belts to be taken somewhere else. In processing the underlying anxiety of consumer culture, the artist creates an oddly beautiful albeit violent spectacle. Nord questions an epidemic of disengagement by presenting a challenging subject through the distancing lens of electronic media.
Danial Nord lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Subsequently, he studied Technology and Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, the New York University's Center for Digital Multimedia, and at the Silicon Studio in Santa Monica.
Nord an award winning media designer and environmental activist, has been in numerous exhibitions in California, New York, Oregon and New Mexico, and is currently developing an installation for the California Museum of Photography in Riverside. His unconventional location-specific interventions have also appeared in grocery stores, motel rooms, and public restrooms on both coasts.