Smart New World
Curated by Elodie Evers
The truth is: Industrial capitalism is transforming itself into digital capitalism. That changes things. The world is ruled by the binary code. The upheaval in the fields of
The Smart New World exhibition focuses on digitalization – the dissolution and transformation of analogue information into digital codes for the purpose of storing and processing them – and the radically fundamental changes it has brought about on society. The invited artists not only find inspiration for their pictorial worlds in the rapid developments taking place
Their diverse pieces likewise deal perceptively, critically, and humorously with the possibilities, visions and also dangers of digitalization. In the process, they examine the effects of economic and state censorship, which constitute
individual, as well as the impact of the Internet on our structures of thinking and knowing. All of the works in the exhibition have an investigative potential in common.
The International Necronautical Society (INS), a neo-avant-garde,
Christoph Faulhaber’s filmic artist biography tells among other things about his uncomfortable and provocative performances with which he demonstrates the mechanics of state-run surveillance apparatuses while it was the artist duo Korpys/Löffler themselves, who employed intelligence-gathering methods in conjunction with their observation and documentation of the German Intelligence Service’s new Berlin headquarters. The films of Omer Fast and Santiago Sierra take very different but equally effective approaches in examining the digitally-controlled drone missions that have come to play a defining role in modern warfare. The largely unknown and invisible and yet huge and physically tangible components of the American military and intelligence services such as buildings and satellites are at the heart of Trevor Paglen’s comprehensively researched works. Laura Poitras, who along with Glenn Greenwald was the first person to have had access to the global surveillance and espionage documents made available by Edward Snowden, combines film material documenting the construction