Currall’s work uses simple technology and simple scenarios to expose the limits on our ability to understand and communicate information and the lengths we will sometimes go to disguise that.
Currall is the narrator in Word Processing (1995) and a hand stabs fingers at the table and pompously instructs a tiny microchip to do as he bids. Like much of Currall’s work this video takes the form of a monologue. Here he tells the small and unresponsive object to form letters and numbers on a screen that we cannot see. We all expect computers to interact with us instantly. When they don’t our frustrations with them sometimes seems like a one-sided conversation.
Jetsam (1995) presents us with a deadpan Currall acting as an alien being. His mothership has crashed on the shores of Scotland and he has taken on human appearance. The alien Currall has decided to become an artist and has got a job at art school. The silliness of the scenario is entertaining. Yet day-to-day we all adopt roles and titles.