The Ashern Prophecy is a collaboration with the photography and film production duo Cory Vanderploeg & Scott McIntyre. Every year Hermann & Audrey hold a ‘CONTACT Photography Festival’ to showcase Toronto’s most talented artists. Scott McIntyre approached Wonder Giant to help execute the interactive portion of their “Ashern Prophecy” concept. After the success of our previous collaboration with Cory and Scott there was no way we could turn down the opportunity to make something remarkable.
Raising complex questions about our relationship with technology, Ashern Prophecy explores the modern history of how our lives have become absorbed by technology. This visual history challenges the notion of this technological progress as inherently positive. Modern culture originally set out to develop technologies that aid and enhance our capabilities, however when we step back and examine how technology has evolved into an entity unto itself, we realize that we have in many ways evolved into the context around which technology progresses. VanderPloeg and McIntyre’s installation allows the spectator to consider the progress of our lives by interacting with touch screens and controlling the boundary between us and technological dependence as projected on connected large screen videos.