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Public \ Private \ ...
A series of thoughts and experiments about privacy, social media, and the
thoughts of Marshall McLuhan - a cultural theorist who perceived the
media-technology that we use as a thing with its own behaviour. With his famous quote:
'the medium is the message', wich he later changed into 'the medium is the massage'
he is claiming that it is not the 'what', that is trancieved by technology that is important, it is the 'how':
How the technology works and the dynamics that come allong with it, is what
really affects the way society works. This 'how' could be percieved as the intrinsic
quality of the technology, as the 'what' on a macro scale. It is my studio's interest to find out if it is
possible to intentionally design the macro scale 'what', if we can gain ownership about it as a society,
or if it it just something that cannot be controlled and has a life on its own.
The times these works where made was around 2011/2012, in response to the emergence of
social media, our increasing reliance on them and
way that this affects the dynamics of social coherence in our society. At that time, there
was the revolution in Egypt, in wich Twitter played an important role.
The speed in wich the protests gained momentum was something unforeseen,
but eventually the resiliance wasn't rooted deeply enough to change things
for the better. These works are in some way also about that: they are an expression of my concerns
about the change of pace in our social discourse, and the way that this affects our society.
In retrospect, the works and the words feel outdated, which is in itself interesting,
since it is only six years ago. The trouble with media that we face today, like the rise
fake news, populism, filter bubbling and mass manipulations of our emotions, are not only caused by intrinsic
qualities of the medium, but also by large scale implementation of neuronal network
algorithms aimed to sell more advertisements. These works might have become redundant, in some way, but I think that in this redundancy there can also be room for opportunity: For spectacle and new social glue.
My mini factory
Making money can be a problem when you are an artist. That is why I am working on this project to repurpose redundant machines and technologies into a fully automated mini smart-factory. By using old machines to automate labour, I want to set up a small business that helps us earn a basic income, to cover the costs for doing artistic research. Eventually I would like to have everything completely automated, that would include programming a bot that would post on Instagram for me. This would give me quite some freedom and time to not have to worry about the financial sides of the projects I want to work on.
Creativity is an ambiguous quality, because it requires the combined skills of both knowing what you are doing and not knowing what you are doing. To be creative, you need a little bit of both. The works are about formalizing the interplay between the two. They are about process and experiment. At the other end of the seeming duality is the happy accident, the unexpected thing that you could never have come up with upfront, the thing that just happens while you where expecting something else. These are often the best things.
COMPUTER AIDED SOCIETY
If people lose their connection to their surroundings they lose their ability to take care of the world. And thus they destroy their ecology and each other. The recovery of our society begins with recovering our personal, elementary connection to our perceivable surroundings. If you look at it like this, restoring ecological balance begins with reconnecting.
An overkill of information makes reconnecting hard. We are all in a constant race for attention, which makes it harder to be present in the moment, and to be receptive for all the little subtle connections that are everywhere around us. I wonder: Are we growing numb by all the information and stories that we are bombarded with? Might we be in need for the invention of new media and socio-economical protocols? What might they be?