Copy of Hacking for a better Tomorrow

Hacking Urban Reality #3 – Hacking for a better tomorrow

From 31.10. 2016 - 19.11.2016
Wimo Ambala Bayang, Prilla Tania og Andri Williams

 

Hacking for a Better Tomorrow is the third and last hack in the exhibition Hacking Urban Reality Series. Throughout 2016, DIAS has been under a series of hacks. Foreign artists and curators have attacked the institution without interference from DIAS. This loss of control has functioned as a method to seek out new ways of using an art institution, but also as a means to allow different art forms to infiltrate the Danish art scene. Due to a focus on process rather than product, we have experienced exhibitions in perpetual beta. The artists have curiously observed the audience (and thus the Danes) experience the installations, which is considered part of the final product. With this hack, the artists have broken into our culture and exposed our habits and routines. While the former hacks have been aiming towards the urban space and social relationships, this hack aims towards exploring the life we live as regular citizens. The potential of the artwork to have a social impact has been essential for the artists' work.

 

The three artists in Hacking for a Better Tomorrow have all engaged in working with everyday life and the supposedly normal conditions in Denmark. Thus, the exhibition serves to offer a different point of view through which we can observe Denmark afresh.

 

Through a new data visualization model; the open sandwich diagram (Smørrebrødsdiagrammet), Prilla Tania illustrates the small decisions we make every day. The station is divided in marked-off zones allowing the audience to make deliberate choices and influence the final outcome. The artwork is a small democratic election where sensors register the movements of the audience and hereby select the combination on the New Democratic Open Sandwich (det Ny Demokratiske Smørrebrød). The installation brings attention to the consequences of everyday routines and the inadvertent choices that follows. Moreover, the installation points out our passivity as citizens in a society where a lot of choices, such as what a good open sandwich consists of, have already been decided for us.

 

Wimo Bayang has decided to hack our existing exhibition and create a combined video- and sound installation for DIAS. In this installation, one of the most characteristic everyday sounds from his own homeland, Adzan, abrupts the everyday life and makes room for reflection. By listening to sounds from everyday life in other cultures, we are suddenly enabled to hear the rhythm of our own everyday life.

 

Andri William too combines the Danish customs with traditions of his homeland. He has a spiritual approach to art, and works in the cross field between faith and technology. Andri presents a performance that connects the Indonesian belief in shamanism to reality in Denmark – rainy weather and commuting.  The performance “Holy Hack” combines physical presence at the train station and the observer's participation from home. By handing out a recipe on a Sesaji (a small sacrificial gift to the universe), the audience are encouraged to do the sacrifice at home and guided by a YouTube-video. Through this action, the artwork integrates a tradition-bound and spiritual act in everyday life and places it in an ultra-modern context.

 

Credits:

General concept of The Hacking Urban Reality Series: Rasmus Vestergaard

Curator Hacking Urban Reality #2: Alia Swastika

Head of exhibition and communication: Julie Tvillinggaard Bonde

Exhibition technician: Christian Riis Sørensen

Assistent: Mathilde Wendelboe

 

The Hacking Urban Reality Series – a part of Images 16

 

During Images 2016 nearly 100 artists from Africa, Asia and the Middle East puts the spotlight on global challenges and the artists role in society in 21 Danish art institutions. Behind Images 2016 is CKU, Center for Kultur og Udvikling, and the support and collaboration with CKU is imperative in DIAS realizing The Hacking Urban Reality Series.

 

Read more about Images 16 at www.cku.dk and keep track on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imagesfestival.dk/