georg klein

installations > Fog Zone: video excerpt (3:15) + 6 ch audio mix
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Fog Zone
Installation in a fog space with 6 dystopic stations
6 screens with audio-video-loops

Voices: Sophia New, Steffi Weismann, quotations by Wladimir Putin, R.T. Erdoğan, Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt
»Community, Identity, Stability« - Aldous Huxley's motto for his dystopian novel Brave new world from 1931 is currently experiencing a national populist return - whether in Europe, Turkey, the USA or China. What is interesting is the moment of seduction, of voluntariness, which in the real world causes a majority to elect an autocratic leader, or even millions to submit their data to a machine, a corporation. Huxley was already concerned with »loving what you have to do«, i.e. what conditioning in the embryonic stage determines you to do.

Is our current, individualistic ›self-optimization‹ (starting with our own children, who will soon no longer be sifted out in the embryonic stage only for deformations) already a kind of voluntary self-conditioning that strives towards an advertising-driven, perfectionist ideal?

The bright fog serves as a metaphor for utopian perfection, whose totality turns into its dystopian opposite: everything is bright, but we can no longer see anything. Only by hearing can we orientate ourselves. The gravity and darkness of the water reservoir is completely reversed in the light contourlessness of the fog space in which we lose ourselves, just as we would lose ourselves in the perfect world, because the other, the deviation, the possible would have disappeared.

The screens with audio-video-loops create acoustically an ambivalent, dystopic atmosphere, leading into six fields:
1 - Ideology : her glossy lips (text cit. A.Huxleys)
2 - Control : his brother's eyes (visual cit. G.Orwell)
3 - Bio Politics : embryo's faith (visual cit. "In the Womb" documentary)
4 - Nature Taming: whole tree chips (visual cit. "Bio-Chip" promotion)
5 - Artificial Intelligence : sophia's smirk (visual cit. "Robot Sophia Test" Hanson Robotics)
6 - Privacy : elite gates (visual cit. "Elite Gates" promotion)
All videos play with found footage, but with a transformed or even faked audio track.

Sound Art Festival
Gr. Wasserspeicher Berlin
Sept 21 – 30 2018

Produced by:
Errant Sound e.V.