Congratulations to Kiah Reading @kombuchie our 4th finalist for ArtePrize 2017. Reading investigates the intersection of people’s behaviours and the contemporary desire to commercialise non-economic phenomena – such as passion, creativity and communication. He has previously conducted projects in a former prison and an illegal gold mining town, and is based between Lima, Peru and Brisbane. His multidisciplinary practice incorporates technology, drawing, embroidery and performance.
His ArtePrize submission, Zen Tech, presents an interruption to today’s economic environment. It transfers the qualities of a Japanese Zen garden through digital coding, electronics and desert sand, creating a piece of technology that serves as an aid to meditation. It questions the operative nature of technology, derived from the belief that productivity is imperative.