knowbotic research deals with phenomena of visibility and presence as well as with the translation between different systems of meaning: Performative and installative works in the public space confront real-world scenarios with semi-fictional test cases.
The figure MacGhillie – clothed in a typical camouflage suit and without attracting attention either as an individual or as a person at all - seeks out urban locations. The Ghillie Suit camouflage, originally invented in the 19th century for hunters and later used in World War I as well, anonymizes and neutralizes its wearer in public space. The MacGhillie figure oscillates between a mask-like hyper-presence and visual redundancy. It feeds into the modern urban environment a figure without any signification. Peculiarity becomes an ambivalent currency, fluctuating between hard-won affirmation and visual arbitrariness. It remixes the Bloom, the Bartleby or "the Man Without Qualities" types and asks: Does our society provide moments for something that wishes to be nothing?
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knowbotic research (Christian Huebler, Alexander Tuchacek, Yvonne Wilhelm) was founded in 1991. Since 2009/2010, members of the group work independently as knwobotiq (Huebler/Wilhelm) and as Alexander Tuchacek.