EIGEN + ART Lab Feedback #2: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts
Performance, Installation, Intervention, Collaboration
In the performative space that is the world wide web, the Cybopticon functions as an agency that employs artists and members of the public to manufacture performances in the form of virtual and material actions (e.g. “I will promote you on social media”, “I will interpret your dream”). Part-office, part- peep show, the platform utilizes computer screens as two-way mirrors which reveal the banal and exploitative parallels between the modern gig economy, artistic labour, and sex work. Blurring the lines between contract workers providing services and artists performing artwork, the Cybopticon is an endless loop of production and consumption that mirrors our desires at any cost.
“Our agency employs artists and members of the public to perform services ranging from the mundane to the metaphysical. Whether you need a personal social media manager, a lip-sync performance, or a good gift for your forgotten Valentine, we have something suitable for everyone's needs.- cybopticon.life is a digital pioneer in the future of labour and self-construction. Come for a tour of our newly opened offices, where you can occupy the role of observer and participant, voyeur and exhibitionist, audience and performer. We also accept online appointments for clients tuning into our live-stream”
FK-Galerie, Berlin & SomaS Art House, Berlin
Performance, Installation, Intervention, Co-curation
Enter the “Cybopticon” where you can occupy the role of observer and participant, voyeur and exhibitionist, audience and performer.
Four cyber characters: (Elly Clarke, Esben Holk, Lena Chen, Stephanie Ballantine) appear in the material world, offering you an array of personalized services that range from the mundane to the erotic. Broadcasting from inside a cam studio the cliant must purchase a service to be given access to the Cybopticon at
Installation featuring works from guest artists: Zlena Van Lunarem, Mange Debauch, Wie Ingeborg, Kate Spence, Veronica Jonsson, Marie Wengler, Voin de Voin, Makode Aj Linde, Jackee Word, Cathy Wade, Lula Rodriguez
Press: Wicked Hag-Crush Fiction
The Hysterical Oracle Book
To be published.
Paper: Munkin Polar 150gm
Designed by Regine Rack
Printed by Zack Helwa
Bound by Rada Nastai
Basementartsproject Leeds, UK
The Hysterical Oracle
Performance, Installation, Video, Photography
hysteria is contained to fiction- we sanitise and normalise what was before medicalised
the oracle no longer shakes and shivers, no longer sees in between the lines.
if the oracle defines themselves as such, they are hystericalised.