unboxing (noun)
1. the ritualised act of unpacking new products, especially high tech consumer products
2. the infrequent act of turning off ‘the box’ and its mesmerising spectacle of reality-television shows and blockbuster series, for the purpose of connecting with something else — perhaps the earth

Distracted by our consumption of the latest gadget or television show, we sometimes lose sight of the reality of what is around us – the people and the planet.

unboxing from Andrew Styan on Vimeo.




Media:  installation of electronics, motors, fans, faux gold foil, television carcase, iPhone packaging, LED lights

Exhibited with the “Connecting with Earth” group exhibition at Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, in February 2017.

“The meaningful history of technology turns out to be a history of its fantasised uses as much as of the shapes it actually takes” – Mark Greif (Against Everything: On Dishonest Times)