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.
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 404, Daniel García Andújar / Technologies To The People, Ant Farm, Heath Bunting, Chris Burden, Bureau of Inverse Technology (B.I.T.), William S. Burroughs & Antony Balch, Costanza Candeloro & Luca Libertini, Jack Caravanos & Vibek Raj Maurya, Jennifer Chan, Tracy Cornish, Chris Cunningham & Aphex Twin, Jay Dahl & Edward Peill & Christopher Zimmer, Constant Dullaart, [epidemiC], Matteo Giordano, Karla Grundick & Mistress Koyo, Bjørn Erik Haugen, Jaromil, JODI, Sture Johannesson, JK Keller, TR Kirstein, Peter Luining, Eva & Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Junko Mattin, Paidia Institute, jon.satrom, SPK, Nikola Tesla, UBERMORGEN.COM, Steina and Woody Vasulka, VNS Matrix, Marcelina Wellmer, Ruth White,