leaving living dakota invites
17th October - 20th October @ Decoratelier, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, BX
Since its inception in the modern era, the concept of ‘autonomy’ has broadly been defined as an individual's capacity to act upon their own, free will. In theory, this appears as the ability to actively pursue and execute one's own wishes in a way that lacks interference from others, whether this be from another individual or from a governing body. From law to neuroscience, ideas of autonomy have played an important role in reshaping notions about the autonomy of the self, thus unveiling the modern condition of human ego and ambition. In this cultural arrangement, "the human" signifies an individual, engaging in practices of exploitation and oppression, behaviour patterns which are at times unconscious and have yet sustainably tainted human history.
At the onset of a digital age, however, where the traditional understanding of the ‘self’ being deeply intertwined with the physical body is once again coming under scrutiny, pursuing new ways of understanding contemporary human autonomy in relation to technology, has become a pressing concern. Through collectively investigating emerging concepts such as online identities, freedom of information, and connectivity, in Topia, BLUE explores a possible place for the human agent in a now vastly interconnected world.
A single artwork made by over 12 practicing artists across 7 different countries, Topia represents an experimental approach to object-creation made possible only through the utilisation of digital channels. The auteur-less outcome takes the form of an immersive video installation that transcends the limits of personal and national borders, utilising and speculating on the potential of digital networks and information flow.
Arna Beth, Andreas Mittermayr, Alessio Dispenza, Alfreð Drexler, Dian Joy, Dyrfinna Benita, Dora Brooks, Kasper Swierczynski, Nathaniel Mackie, Nikita, Sofi Winthe Foge
Pacôme Le Rouge
Leaving Living Dakota
LEAVING LIVING DAKOTA
Al Samarrai Omar