12.01.2021 – 09.02.2021
The Swiss artist Marc Lee creates network-oriented interactive art projects. In his works he experiments with the data and methods of information and communication technologies to critically examine their cultural, social and political ramifications.
The online work Bobi Wine vs Museveni filters out the latest Twitter and YouTube messages containing the terms "Bobi Wine" and "Yoweri Museveni" and weaves them into a wild TV news programme (24/7). A net-based TV show that confronts us with opinions that do not always reflect variants of our own opinion. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known under his stage name Bobi Wine is a star for the youth in Uganda. He raps, does politics and, as the most promising presidential candidate, is a threat to Uganda's long-term president Yoweri Museveni. The election will take place on 14 January 2021. Bobi Wine grew up in the digital revolution, has access to political activist strategies and creative expression. He uses the internet as a virtual public space where his followers come together, share their lives and ideas, open to comment and debate. There are several Ugandans within Uganda. With platforms like Twitter and YouTube we can take a look at what the real Uganda looks like and what it thinks. What do people in Uganda really say? What ideas do they project? What kind of discourse is taking place on these platforms around the presidential elections? Can the interplay of artistic and political activist strategies lead to democracy in Uganda? What does this mean for the future of the country?
Conceived for the HeK Net Works series, the work is a variation of the work Political Campaigns. What counts today are Likes and Retweets, who wander across the screen as stars (Museveni) and hearts (Wine), fighting for victory. Whatever the end of the presidential election, it will be historic.