Basement Terminal is the manual analog of the Bloomberg Terminal, the $24,000 financial software which hosts exclusive market data on a black interface. Located in the artist’s basement, Basement Terminal consists of ten charcoal drawings and counting that are updated by the erasure and addition of charcoal per visit. They depict Bloomberg’s famed economic visualizations, which use the artist’s personal data instead.
In sequential order, these drawings show: who the artist communicates with, what the biggest news headlines are for the artist and in the world, where the artist and their housemates are located during the day, how motivated the artist is, where the the artist goes to run, what the artist watches or reads, how often the artist updates the terminal, what type of work is available for the artist, how the artist’s artwork is developing, and where the artist uses their finances.
It’s your daily round-up created purely with muscle, and zero automation. As an outcome of economic anxiety and restless media statistics, this ongoing project illustrates an artist’s outlook on control and maintenance when our systems are in halt.