REMAP is an interactive, hybrid sonic drawing device able to recall and explore archival media, created by UK artist duo Signal-to-Noise; Oliver Wilshen and Niall Quinn. This electro-mechanical sound installation is based on the Roland DXY pen plotter, a discontinued printing technology of the 1980s, with this artefact combined with audio cassette tape technology in order to playback prerecorded ‘found’ sound recordings from a magnetically encoded audio tape surface. Controlled by the user through a digital tablet, the work can be seen as a multi-temporal assemblage of these technologies, where existing narratives are disrupted and fragmented, straying from chronological order into non-linearity. This draws on analogies to both the device’s merged hardware assembly and to the ‘media archaeological’ interweaving of media timescales and histories.
The REMAP project engages with obsolete media artefacts and technologies, with an intention to use such past mediatic devices to help critique the impact of current globalised digital and technological consumerist culture. It seeks to explore the notion ‘Zombie Media’ (Parikka/Hertz), ‘the living dead of media culture’, an accumulated mass of discarded waste electronics and a continued physical existence beyond obsolescence.