Beaten paths. Crowded stability. Silent potentials unborn.
Relations buried. Stranded –– dwelling in forgotten time.
Abandoned and out of sight ––,
Climbing the cracks and folds of codes and syntax.
Against the backdrop of surveillance capitalism and its intensifying algorithmic navigation of our bodies and relations, the group exhibition “connections unplugged, bodies rewired” speculates on the deviant potential of post-digital intimacies and corporeality in a regimented future.
“You may also like…” or “people you may know…” are familiar phrases to anyone who has ever shopped, streamed a movie, ordered food online or simply is on social media (like 4.48 billion other users worldwide). While following and extracting each of our online movements, technology giants like Google, Facebook (Metaverse) or WeChat have learned to predict our dreams, our desires and our vulnerabilities. With their homophilic algorithms, which are coded to connect what is similar, they have started to infiltrate our social realities, to manage our webs of relations, our corporeal selves. They are trained to orientate us.
How to reclaim agency over who we connect, conspire, become intimate with? What is needed to become ungraspable or even useless for codification? How to keep our inner most secrets and fantasies ours? The performative group-exhibition “connections unplugged, bodies rewired” delves into the debris of combed out data, flirts with the dissimilitudes and incongruencies that the gendered and racialized algorithm has not been able to allocate. It makes room for off-script relations, illegible bodies and ambiguous desires.
Celebrating disorientation and uncertainty as prerequisites for a future self-determination, “connections unplugged, bodies rewired” forces you into a dense assemblage of smells, sounds, images and movements. The artists invited variously speculate on post-digital intimacies and celebrate corporeality as means to collectively conjure a social otherwise. They craft worlds in which community and mutuality are nurtured and enriched by difference rather than sameness.
The physical part of the exhibition takes up elements of club culture to celebrate night life as a breeding ground for intimate, non-scripted and chaotic forms of togetherness. Parallely, das weisse haus’ new post- digital platform dwhX features more contribution. >>> www.dwhx.space