In his works, Spanish artist Daniel G. Andújar deals with political and social issues and reflects on the relationship between reality and its representation in digital worlds. He starts off with collections of various found media that he uses for his video and Internet projects, as well as arrangements of objects, prints and photographs.
Key themes are the power structures in dominant, hierarchical social systems and the role of technology as an instrument of state control. Andújar uses the representation strategies of media in an ironic and critical manner, asking whether information and communication technologies truly uphold their stated commitment to democratic and egalitarian values. He thus points out the discrepancy between the utopian idea of the Internet as a democratic space, and its actual capabilities and limitations. Andújar thus keeps returning to subversive tactics of occupation and civil disobedience – tactics that use social networks and the Internet to reframe the concept of freedom.
With “Konfliktzonen / Zones of Conflict“ the HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) presents the artist’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland. The exhibition includes works created between 1998 and 2015 on themes related to conflicts, protest movements and geo-political crises. All invite the visitor to take a critical look at today’s communication media and technologies.