Locating Social (Un)Awareness, 2011
based Intervention / Installation
Technology is often just another tool for leaving others behind,
and above all in favour for those who are skilled, equipped and
able. That is why, when thinking about technology as a symbolic
'gate/passage', I could not avoid the question of social awareness.
How to (conceptually, and in somewhat cynical gesture) into the
'discourse of mapping' the reality around us, introduce the reflection
of attitudes toward the others, and the issue of social vulnerability?
In fact, mapping in itself with its military and invading symbolism
denies the 'awareness' towards the society, underlines the cynical,
if not absurd idea of monitoring, locating, mapping and using thus
in the name of freedom and democracy.
Do we want to
know what people currently surrounding us think about the issue
of asylum seekers, homosexual relationships, women's rights? Whether
the people with whom we are in the same room are racist, sexist,
homophobic? Wether our neighbours want equal payment for both sexes,
and whether they would agree that all Russians living in Estonia
receive Estonian citizenship?
here used to monitor not our actions, but our thoughts and attitudes.
This method of 'thought-policing' is not used to separate the acceptable
from unacceptable but first of all to question how important it
is for us to share our social (un)awareness with others? Does
it even matter?
The work starts
from this last question. It should matter, and then with time we
might correct our social (un)awareness and tacit acceptance of (un)awareness
of our fellow citizens, politicians, and written laws.
Mobile application: Zvonko Grujić & Đorđe Grbić
Web programming: Ivica Hrg
Design: Dejan Janković
to Ragne Nukk
the framework of the "Gate(way)s" exhibition
at the KUMU Art Museum Tallinn, Estonia
Curator: Sabine Himmelsbach
May - September