Göppingen, Town Hall
Jonas Lund & Constant Dullaart: »Welcome In (circulation)«
With their installation »Welcome In (circulation)«, the artists Jonas Lund and Constant Dullaart questioned who is in control and highlighted the disappearance of opacity online. The artwork celebrated the erosion of user culture over different commercial platforms, with a repeating human ephemeral gesture – openly discussing the value of human interaction in a time machines can echo our output.
»Welcome In (circulation)« was a sculptural installation consisting of monitors placed in a circular composition on a slowly rotating platform at the Town Hall of Göppingen. Each computer was running a separate operating system and connected through a different VPN. Together they created an intricate loop, a connected yet distributed feedback system covering the world. Each operating system was set to a different language corresponding to its location.
The first computer in the chain connected to the second via TeamViewer, which in turns connected to the third and so forth until the last computer connected back to the first, creating a chained interface and a feedback loop. For the viewer it remained unclear where the origin lied.
Jonas Lund is a Swedish artist that creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflects on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control. He earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He has had solo exhibitions for example at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, Växjö Konsthall Sweden and New Museum, New York (2012), and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including ZKM, Karlsruhe, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Moving Museum, Istanbul.
Constant Dullaart was born in Leiderdorp, Netherlands, in 1979. He works primarily with the Internet as an alternative space of presentation and (mis)representation. His often-political approach is critical of the control that corporate systems have upon our perception of the world, and the way in which we passively adopt their languages. His practice includes websites, performances, installations and manipulated found images, presented both offline and in the public space of the Internet.
Göppingen Town Hall
5–28 October 2018