Elisabeth Caravella, Howto, 2014, film still

HeK

As a special guest of LISTE Art Fair, HeK presents an enigmatic video tutorial by French artist Elisabeth Caravella and a series of images by Belgian artist Dries Depoorter.

exhibition

10.06.2019 - 16.06.2019

Venue: LISTE Art Fair Basel

Admission: Admission ticket LISTE Art Fair

Tickets: For tickets please visit the LISTE website

Links: https://www.liste.ch

Dries Depoorter, Jaywalking Frames, 2018

The cinematographic tutorial Howto produced by the French artist Elisabeth Caravella instructs the viewer on how to create a 3D text with a graphic software programme. What appears to be a simple tutorial in the tradition of numerous videos on YouTube and other social platforms slowly evolves into a desktop performance, whose purpose becomes increasingly difficult to decipher. The instructive voice-over gives way to a cryptic and elusive sound, while a phantasmagoric figure gradually occupies the screen, until it becomes the main protagonist of the video.

In his series Jaywalking Frames, the Belgium artist Dries Depoorter combines topics such as privacy, artificial intelligence and surveillance. The series consists of a collection of pictures of pedestrians crossing the road at a red light, which were taken by the artist after he hacked unprotected surveillance cameras all over the world. The installation displays the framed pictures together with a monitor that shows the functioning of the custom software developed by the artist. Each individual image is for sale and the price is determined by the jaywalking fine that one would pay in the country where the picture was taken.

With different approaches, Caravella and Depoorter discuss the growing autonomy and seeming intelligence of technological devices pervading our everyday lives and the transformation occurring in our society as a result of their implementation.

Curator: Boris Magrini

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