Dark Drives. Uneasy Energies in Technological Times

I’m thrilled to have my work among projects by Ant Farm, Heath Bunting, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Peter Luining, JODI, and William S. Burroughs in the Dark Drives. Uneasy Energies in Technological Times exhibition component of transmediale 2K+12 in Berlin curated by Jacob Lillemose.

The catalogue of esteemed folks and works in this show is awesome. I’m very happy to be a part of it. I’ve been inspired by so many of these people & projects, it will be fun to parse-out our works’ compatibility through in/compatibility.

Peter Luining: formulasTracy Cornish: Pink BitsMarcelina Wellmer: Error 502 404 410Bjørn Erik Haugen: Interface SPK: Information Overload UnitPaidia Institute: Paidia Laboratory: feedback #6TR Kirstein: PROBEJODI: LED PH16 /1R1G1B Ant Farm: Media BurnBureau of Inverse Technology (B.I.T.): Suicide BoxChris Burden: Doorway to HeavenSture Johannesson: LeavesMatteo Giordano: 20010Art 404: 5 Million Dollars 1 TerabyteRuth White: Flowers of EvilSteina and Woody Vasulka: In Search of the CastleConstant Dullaart: Re: Deep Water Horizon (HEALED)Daniel García Andújar / Technologies To The People: Armed citizen jon.satromJay Dahl, Edward Peill & Christopher Zimmer: Web Warriors Chris Cunningham & Aphex Twin: Come To Daddy[epidemiC]: loveLetter.vbs readingUBERMORGEN.COM:Psych|OS – Hans No.2 bwJennifer Chan: captureVNS Matrix: A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st CenturyWilliam S. Burroughs & Antony Balch: The Cut-UpsCostanza Candeloro & Luca Libertini: Costanza Jaromil: Forkbomb shell JK Keller: Realigning My Thoughts On Jasper JohnsJack Caravanos & Vibek Raj Maurya: Photos of e-waste found on FlickrHeath Bunting: Skint – The Internet Beggar Karla Grundick and Mistress Koyo: linux virgin

The focus on “uneasy energies in technological times” in the transmediale  2012 exhibition responds directly to the overall “in/compatible” theme of the festival. On the one hand, uneasy energies can be said to produce  the in/compatible, while on the other hand the in/compatible can be  said to produce uneasy energies. The two form a circuit of mutual exchange. The question of which one of the two comes first and  determines the other is beside the point. The point is rather to engage with the multiple instances where uneasy energies and the in/compatible  connect and generate processes that challenge consensual and standardised perceptions of technology. As such the exhibition is  inscribed within the context of the festival theme at the same time as it is intended to expand the vocabulary of the in/compatible through the art works and cultural objects displayed.

But what exactly are “uneasy energies in technological times”? Rather than attempting a definition by references to philosophy or art history, the exhibition through an extensive and diverse group of examples claims that distortions, ambiguities, irritations, ironies, and unrest  constitute as a significant trajectory in our relations with modern technology and have done so since the use value of electricity was discovered. It is a trajectory that resists conventional formalisation and the exhibition challenges visitors to develop a sensibility and intelligence towards the trajectory as a way to engage with the critical and inventive potentials that it contains.

However, just like the uneasy energies in themselves do not add up to a clear point, the exhibition does not aim at resolution. It offers no promise of overcoming the uneasy energies. On the contrary, it claims that uneasy energies are insuperable, an integral and constitutive part of  technological times, and invites visitors to explore the trajectories and horizons of the dark drives that they present.

Art 404Daniel García Andújar / Technologies To The PeopleAnt FarmHeath BuntingChris BurdenBureau of Inverse Technology (B.I.T.), William S. Burroughs & Antony Balch Costanza Candeloro & Luca LibertiniJack Caravanos & Vibek Raj MauryaJennifer ChanTracy CornishChris Cunningham & Aphex TwinJay Dahl & Edward Peill & Christopher ZimmerConstant Dullaart[epidemiC]Matteo GiordanoKarla Grundick & Mistress KoyoBjørn Erik HaugenJaromilJODISture JohannessonJK KellerTR KirsteinPeter LuiningEva & Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORGJunko MattinPaidia Institutejon.satrom,  SPKNikola TeslaUBERMORGEN.COMSteina and Woody VasulkaVNS MatrixMarcelina Wellmer,  Ruth White,

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