Night Lights (2008) C-print, edition of 2, 30"×40"
Township Condos (2008) C-print, edition of 2, 30"×40"
Installation view, Clint Roenisch, (2008)
Over the last ten years Tony Romano and Tyler Brett have collaborated as T&T on images, models and sound works. Their melded vision is based on advanced engineering, ingenious upcycling, retrofitted architecture, sound ecological principles, rejigged technology and social harmony. They combine a sophisticated but survivalist mode of living with building strategies rooted in modernism and practices like the Coop Himmelb(l)au in particular. With futurist scenes of zero-footprint settlements, de-mobilized cars, wind turbines, water wheels, solar panels, filtration systems, bio-domes and green structures, T&T seem to propose a postapocalyptic situation that is both optimistic and pragmatically grounded. Far from being dark and violent, T&T have populated their futurist realities with hobo-troubadour collectives who roam the horizon, build sustainable habitats, perform music and deliver oral histories.