>>hybridization would be the most (un)natural thing you could do<<
sound-/space-installation, mixed media, stereo 2x2 channels, 28 min, 2017.
The work hybridization would be the most (un)natural thing you could do reflects on a multidimensional atmosphere, of mutated materiality, concerning the temporality on a line between the very present moment and its following instants, ranging from the immediate future to a farer, imagined future-ambiance. That (non-)matter derives from an interconnection of abstract content (sound, light) together with solid objects, such as steel chains, hoardings, liquids, and a motobike chassis. Their common ground is the occupation, division and definition of space.
The transition between the particular elements that constitute this room-installation, is in their individual grade of endorsement of movement¹. As a common nature of living organisms, it is about the question of movement, evolution, processing, formation, development, thus about the ability of preserving these activities.
Within a paradoxical affair, these two tendencies are continuously infuenced by environmental, ecological, social, economical, political, physical, psychical ... modes of movement, which cause situations longiong from complete slack to (extreme) acceleration. Thereby evolved conflicts are increasingly vanishing into streams of digital / virtual flows, that become visual on the screen of smart devices. This drift of dis-embodiment affects behavioural standards and codes for which reason any further development also changes how especially human beings are acting, perceiving and sensing the world. Begging the question for a permanent metamorphosis (or mutation?) the sound piece‘s different chapters are fluently mer- ging into each other, bending itself from ambient parts over asmr interludes to beat-driven patterns, being able to extend its boundaries unlike material objects that are rather enclosed in their inertial shell, getting haptic and visible on their surface. The sound aims to blend and express feelings of comfortable (tech)-ambiance to alienated artificiality.
The opulence of the sound texture adresses the potential maximalism with whom a persona is confronted concerning the manifold sources of input, information and communication that is circulating in between different (sub-)cultures, or (micro-) milieus as a multitude of referential layers: As a contemplative gedankenexperiment to unchain oneself by engaging with the hyperlinked cosmos, to transmutate into a post-everything sphere of existence.² Apart from that, the sound arrange- ment shows its versatility and ambiguity by not being as bodied like physical matter and therefore its capacity of intuitive expression (a glimpse of transient veracity).
The extramusical components appear as shadows and gleams of technical objects, that suggest the human body to interact with or within them rather like a machine than a man. Thus the human body (at that particular moment only visible by shadows as dynamic refection of the recipient) becomes kind of a hybrid corpus by interacting and extending itself with its anthropogenic developed add-ons. To continue this thought, these externals evolve into plug-ins: a constituted mixture of two different species.
The provided tech environment is an excercise in aesthetics of the idea of a hybrid organism, inspired by the movements and codes of the Internet- & Online Culture that is based on referential patterns, especially with appropriative tendencies and recontextualisation of elements of design or history³. The artifacts, detached off their original context of utility are thereby obtaining a quality of action, as a cluster of (blurry) memory of the past, the present and the future: as a cultural technique to communicate and express ideas by imagery as a vague⁴ but intimate code / language. The room as such can be experienced as an informed locality by spatialised imaginary layers of thoughts.
The work embeds the approach of an archaic realism and somehow primitive touch, instead of trying to be as futuristic and sci-fi by advanced virtual simulation⁵, to achieve loose links between the present everyday life and bringing up the question if the now is just a (beautiful, lustrous, ugly, boring, unspectacular?) alternate form of a former sci-fi utopia that is not considered as such, or if the human mind/body has just adopted to the circumstances. That implies the idea of a general mutational aspect in the chain of evolution, which seems to be countered all over the planet in questions of political, racial, sociological or environmental. Therefore the metallic shimmer resembles instruments of both guidance, security, integration as well as segregation, exclusion, uncertainty and contourisation of movements.
¹ mobility, drive, uctuation, ow, motion, action, agitation, vibration, deformation, shift, drift, (trans-...)
² cf. #accelerationism / plato‘s cave analogy
³ cf. #hauntology
⁵ sci-fi vs. fantasy