[The exhibition] “Nervous Systems” is an invitation to reflect on how our experience and understanding of the “self” and the “social” are changing. The idea of a “nervous system” has become a chief motif to describe this proposed unification of life and technology; the organic and the machinic. Today, corporations speak of “smart nerves” and “synaptic real time connections” as managerial solutions to everything from government and business to natural ecologies. In the exhibition, a different notion of “nervousness” is being explored: the one that haunts todays’ systems and data-driven rationalities and ideologies.
Extract from the curatorial statement of the Exhibition “Nervous Systems”
The group of 34 participants and around 25 team members had 4 hours to interpret the six topics through photograps. Many went far away, to different districts in the city in the quest for the perfect place or detail to illustrate their vision to match the theme. We appreciate that and we were impressed with many of these interpretations -which we watched together as a slide show at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. It was very interesting to compare how different photographers interpreted the same topics -and to see the reactions as we were all seeing them.
Wir sind das produkt! | We are the product (c) Andrew J. Kirkwood
The people´s choice award had a clear winner: the series Nr. 592 from Andrew J. Kirkwood. He won a prize: a nice camera bag from Crumpler. Andrew documented his creative process in a very informative blogpost, which you can read here. Or you can click on Andrew’s photographic interpretation of the first theme “We are the product!”
An independent Jury will now see all the photos, and will choose one photo out of each theme -a total of six- which will be exhibited as part of our participation in the European Month of Photography festival, which will take place on Saturday 8th of October at the Gallery of Fotopioniere (Karl-Marx-Allee 87, Berlin Friedrichshain). We will also organise another mini-fotomarathon on that day.
The Jury will be formed by two of the curators of the exhibition “Nervous Systems”: Stephanie Hankey und Marek Tuszynski, who are also the founders and directors of the Tactical Technology Collective. Tactical Tech is a collective of practitioners, technologists, and activists who work to demystify the politics of data in an international context. Since its founding in 2003, Tactical Tech’s work has supported thousands of activists, journalists, and human rights defenders worldwide to use information and technology in their work. https://www.tacticaltech.org
2016 Mini-Fotomarathon Themen – Themes (PDF)
For the Mini-Fotomarathon, the six individual topics were:
- We are the product!
- Everything to share?
- Data slingshot
- Movement profile
- Flying under the radar
- Covering tracks
You can download the sheet that was distributed during the Fotomarathon as PDF by clicking on the image to the right or on the link below:
2016 Themes for Mini-Fotomarathon “Nervous Systems” as PDF
Photogallery in Flickr
Here are some impressions of the day -please click on the photo below to open the photo-gallery.