The Obsolescence Project, The Visual Quality of being Old


While the industry is building the commercial “Internet of Things,” embedding transmitters and tiny devices in objects of various shapes and sizes, other industrial objects are being produced, acquired and becoming obsolete. The perception of obsolescence is relatively subjective, but after a certain period of time it becomes objective, subject to aesthetics and functionality. The Obsolescence Project by Deanne Achong is a photographic blog designed to show the obsolescence of individual objects, photographed in isolation and under similar conditions. Blog posts provide the context, but it’s also possible to experience the collection as a picture gallery. In this format it shows just how many mechanical and technological objects have been included, implicitly commenting on the represented media and their inevitable fate.