Preview: 28 August, 7 - 9 pm with an introduction from Dr. Susanne Jaschko, indepedent curator, and an artist talk
Exhibition: 29 August - 24 Oktober 2009
You can persue your desire for slowing down your bustling everyday life in the new exhibition Chasing Stillness by boredomresearch. Discover the universe of the seldom songs of the whirligigs and observe the transmission of emails in real snail speed.
With Lost calls of cloud mountain whirligigs we present new software objects of boredomresearch. You can observe the life of small creatures called whirligigs and, particularly, listen to their songs. Each whirligig has its own unique song that lasts for the duration of a lifetime and is lost afterwards. A whirligig sleeps in silence and, if you are lucky, will start to sing after waking up. So the stillness is charged with anticipation for a song. There are day- and night-time cycles - the light of the objects changes - and after the slow expiration of one generation a new one is created with their own songs.
Speed is fantastic! This is at least what is permanently suggested by our environment. Saving time with faster cars, computers, printers, communication systems, so that we can use our lives in an even more "efficient" way. Certainly, speed is of great advantage, especially in communication, and I'm sure we wouldn't like to deny ourselves the convenience of email as a mean of worldwide communication for free and in "real-time". But haven't you already put a curse on this usually beloved method of communication, in view of the sender's expectation of a prompt reaction from your part? Instead of using the letter-box once a day you are now receiving mail permanently! Don't you sometimes wish you could get rid of that pressure?
boredomresearch offers a mail service that meets your longing for a slowdown. With their project Real Snail Mail (snail mail is a term used in Internet jargon for normal mail) they reflect and satirise on the common expectation of rapidity and efficiency of today's communication. Via the mail server www.realsnailmail.net you can send an email to a person of your choice. Eventually, this email is picked up by real snails equipped with an antenna on their shell. At one point of their enclosure they collect the email and carry it around as long as they chance to pass by the drop off point at the other side of the enclosure. Where the message is forwarded to the addressee including a log of its journey. The hard working snails can be observed and cheered in our gallery.
boredomresearch create artworks, crossing boundaries between science, art and technology. They focus on producing software objects based on the exploration of natural systems that presents an alternative to our technologically fraught lives. Ornamental Bug Garden 001 was awarded an honorary mention in Transmediale.05, Berlin (2005) and VIDA 7.0 Art & Artificial Life International Competition, Madrid (2004) and is now housed in the British Council Collection in London.
Exhibitions: 2008 SIGGRAPH08; Holy Fire, iMal, Brussels; 2007 CAe Banff Centre of Arts, Alberta, Canada; 2005 Third Iteration, Melbourne; transmediale.05, Berlin; 2004 FILE04, São Paulo.