Like lost children we live our unfinished adventures consists of an installation of eight neon sculptures that transcribes the title of the work in shorthand text. The movement and proximity of people passing by these sculptures will prompt a burst of light and sound – with each neon paired to a different instrument.
In this way, the instrumental potentials of the work are ‘revealed’ by the audience, blurring the boundaries between spectator/performer – and transforming the pedestrian’s experience of city streets from passive passerby to active agent. An endless number of configurations may occur, depending on the quantity and quality of engagement with the sculptures.
Shorthand, first used in classical antiquity, was – until the invention and ubiquity of recording devices – a commonly used writing method to increase the speed of recording information. Like lost children we live our unfinished adventures brings sculptural form to symbols that many can no longer interpret or understand, returning light – literally – to a rapidly dying written language.