Immaterials er en utstilling som består av filmer, fotografier og objekter som forsøker å gjøre nettverksteknologier mer synlige. Utstillingen er et resultat av et forskningsprosjekt bestående av et nettverk av designere: Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze og Matt Jones. Gjennom de siste fem årene har de sammen utforsket og undersøkt de usynlige aspektene av vår digitale verden. Prosjektet har vokst frem fra designforskning utført ved Arkitektur- og Designhøgskolen i Oslo.
Utstillingen forsøker å belyse materialene, mekanismene og infrastrukturene som ligger bak kontemporær digital kultur. Ved å gjøre disse aspektene synlige gjennom fotografi, animasjon og video, hjelper de oss å se og utvikle nye forståelser for de usynlige teknologiene som omgir oss og som gjennomsyrer våre byer og hverdagsliv.
Utstillingen samler noen av de mest betydningsfulle arbeidene utført i Immaterials-prosjektet. Den presenterer arbeider som “Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi” (2011) som utforsker det usynlige landskapet av WiFi-nettverk i form av fotografi og film, og “Satelliterte Lamps” som består av et sett med lamper som er kontrollert av GPS-satelliter og fotografert i lange sekvenser. Utstillingen viser også arbeider som tar for seg RFID-teknologi og hvordan ulike algoritmer ser og forstår verden.
Vernissage torsdag 22. januar kl. 18.00.
Åpningstider Grafill R21
Rosenkrantz gate 21, Oslo
Immaterials is a research project comprised of films, texts and objects which make networked technological systems visible.
The project and exhibition is created by a network of collaborators including Timo Arnall, a designer, filmmaker, artist and the creative director at the influential design agency, BERG, and designers, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones. Together, they have been investigating our invisible digital world for the past five years.
The projects has grown out of design research conducted at the Oslo School of Architecture and design. The Immaterials exhibition sets out to expose the materials, mechanisms, and infrastructures which enable contemporary digital culture. By making these things visible through photographic, animated and film techniques they enable us to see and develop understandings about the invisible pervasive technologies in our cities, our daily experiences, and our lives.
The exhibition brings together some of the most significant works in the Immaterials body of research. It features key works such as Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi (2011) which explores the invisible terrain of Wifi networks in urban spaces, and Robot Readable World (2012), a film which uses found-footage from computer vision research to explore how machines are making sense of the world. Earlier and seldom seen works, which show the genesis of this line of enquiry, such as Experiments in Field Drawing (2008), will be presented alongside the premiere of a new work, Immaterials: Satellite Lamps (2013), which visualise the presence of GPS satellites orbiting overhead.
Collectively, the works develop understandings about the invisible pervasive technologies which surround us. Timo Arnall (2013) writes:
“As designers we can reveal the materials behind the ‘seamless’ technologies that make up our everyday experience, and in doing so empower others to question, critique, re-imagine and re-make. As we increasingly inhabit technical systems, and enact society and culture through them, it seems dangerous to have so little idea, about how these things work. Making visible material out of technological infrastructure is the first step towards understanding them. What we can’t see, we cannot critically evaluate.”
The group’s concern with the increasing invisibility of technological infrastructures is that it is difficult to creatively or critically examine something which remains out of view. As technology becomes more ubiquitous, our relationship with our devices is becoming ever-more seamless, and our technical infrastructure is becoming ever more invisible. These seamless experiences make technology pleasurable to use, but they also mask its materiality. As the writer and urbanist, Adam Greenfield (2009) has written:
“The truly pressing need is for translators: people capable of opening these occult systems up, demystifying them, explaining their implications to the people whose neighborhoods and choices and very lives are increasingly conditioned by them.”
About the Designers
Timo Arnall is based in London and Oslo. He has been making films, designing products, and researching emerging technologies for 15 years. Much of his work has been about understanding, developing and explaining emerging technologies through films. Arnall is presently creative director at BERG. Prior to joining BERG, Arnall led an international research project investigating emerging wireless technologies through design at the Oslo School of Architecture & Design.
Einar Sneve Martinussen and Jørn Knutsen
Einar Sneve Martinussen and Jørn Knutsen are interaction designers and researchers working with technology, cities and everyday life, and part of a team at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design working with exploring and visualising invisible technological structures in cities.
Jack Schulze is a principal at the London-based design agency, BERG. He co-founded the studio with Matt Webb in 2005.
Matt Jones is a designer, previously a principal at BERG and founder of Dopplr. He is now responsible for interaction design at the Google Creative Lab in New York.