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Zones of Conflict HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)

duration: 17.09.2015 – 15.11.2015

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 and Internet projects, as well as arrangements of objects, prints and photographs.

Key themes 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 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.

Daniel G. Andújar:

Daniel G. Andújar (b. 1966 in Almoradi, Spain) lives and works in Barcelona. He created his first artistic works in the late 1980s, mostly working with video. Early on, he experimented with the creative possibilities of the Internet. In 1996 he founded the fictitious company “Technologies To The People.” In this context, he also promoted various collective projects on the Internet, such as art-net-dortmund, e-barcelona.org, , eseoul.org, e-sevilla.org, e-stuttgart.org, postcapital.org, e-madrid.org, etc.  Andujar has taught in several countries and conducted workshops for artists and social collectives. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide; the Spanish National Reina Sofia in Madrid hosted a comprehensive, one-man show from January to April 2015.

Opening: 16.09.2015, 19:00

Vernissage Daniel G. Andújar – Konfliktzonen / Zones of Conflict

19:00 16.09.2015

Mit „Konfliktzonen / Zones of Conflict“ präsentiert das HeK die erste Einzelausstellung des spanischen Künstlers Daniel G. Andújar in der Schweiz. Andújars Arbeiten zeichnen sich durch eine kritische Nutzung digitaler Medien aus, die er auf ihre Auswirkungen auf das Reale hinterfragt. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit aktuellen Themen, die Befragung des Potentials von künstlerischen Interventionen im digitalen wie im urbanen Raum und der Einsatz von subversiven Aneignungstaktiken bilden eine Schlüsselrolle seines künstlerischen Schaffens. Andújar nutzt Ironie und arbeitet mit medialen Repräsentationsstrategien, um die Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien auf ihre demokratischen und egalitären Versprechen hin zu hinterfragen. Die Ausstellung im HeK fokussiert auf Werke, die sich mit sozialen, politischen und ökonomischen Konflikten, Protestbewegungen, und geopolitischen Krisen auseinandersetzen.

Vernissage: 16.09.2015, 19:00
Der Künstler ist anwesend.

Begrüssung und Einführung:

Philippe Bischof, Leiter Abteilung Kultur Basel-Stadt
Sabine Himmelsbach, Direktorin HeK

Admission: 9 CHF / 6 CHF (red.)

Links: https://danielandujar.org

An artist who uses irony and presentation strategies that employ new communication technologies to question the democratic and equalitarian promises of these media and criticise the desire for control lying behind their apparent transparency. Based on the confirmation that new information and communication technologies are transforming our everyday life, Daniel G. Andújar created a fiction (Technologies To The People, 1996) designed to make us increase our awareness of the reality around us and of the deception in promises of free choice that are converted, irremissibly, into new forms of control and inequality. A long-time member of i rational.org (international reference point for art on the web) and founder of Technologies To The People , he is the creator of numerous projects on the Internet such as art-net-dortmund, e-barcelona.org, e-valencia.org, e-seoul.org, e-wac.org, e-sevilla.org, Materiales de artista, etc. He has directed numerous workshops for artists and social collectives in different countries.

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