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Synsmaskinen

http://www.synsmaskinen.net/

Synsmaskinen is an artistic research conglomerate based at the Institute of Art at the University of Bergen. Synsmaskinen proposes a multifaceted inquiry into contemporary crises. Through a variety of interrelated artistic projects, a politically-charged horizon comes into focus: apocalyptic abysses, systemic entanglements, and hyper-complex realities.

Globalised economy and culture are intertwined, forming a complex knot of overlaps and messy interconnections. Thus, in looking at climate crises one is implicitly confronted with financial crises and social crises. Given the intricacy of such structures, one method for understanding and facing these crises could be to examine certain manifestations and elements of their fallout. In this way, the inscribed objects or phenomena dealt with in the Synsmaskinen projects can be considered symptoms, symbols, contemplations – or perhaps as interventions into the crises themselves.

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. This title has inspired the overall structure and methodology of the project. SYN=vision / MASKIN=machine.

MAIN RESEARCHERS

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

Partners and Support

The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Danish Arts Foundation

UM OUTRO ERRO NAO E POSSIVEL / ANOTHER ERROR IS NOT POSSIBLE
Etcetera with Cleyton Nascimento, Andressa Cantergiani & Frans Jacobi
performance in the streets of Porto Alegre, Brazil on july 8th, 2016
DIGNIDAD/DIGNITY
Michelle Teran, 2016