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SYNSMASKINEN: 7 fields of contemporary crisis

“SYNSMASKINEN: 7 fields of contemporary crisis” is a forthcoming Artistic Research project at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. It is a project in collaboration with partner art-institutions in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Ukraine and Germany.

SYNSMASKINEN is an artist-conglomerate and an inquiry into contemporary political crises. The project consists of a series of art projects, each exploring a certain aspect or manifestation of contemporary crisis. Together these visions are attempts to unfold a contemporary cosmology; a new political horizon.

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SYNSMASKINEN is an artist-conglomerate in the sense that each production is made in collaboration between a small group of participants. Each art project will be made by new conglomerates of artists and thinkers. In this sense SYNSMASKINEN will probe the concept of the research-group: What kind of insights does artistic thinking provide? How can collectivity address the political issues of topics in a critical manner?

The name, SYNSMASKINEN is taken from the Danish and Norwegian translations of Paul Virilio’s seminal book on the techniques of perception, La Machine De Vision. The name SYNSMASKINEN contains the methodological program: SYN=vision / MASKIN=machine

Main researchers: Benedicte Clementsen, Brandon LaBelle, Discoteca Flaming Star, Etcetera, Frans Jacobi, Ferdinand Ahm Krag, Hilde Hauan, Kjersti Sundland, Liv Bugge, Michelle Teran, Ole Christian Ellestad, Theis Ørntoft, Thomas Kilpper, Åse Løvgren.