A pop-up exhibition showing the results of one week workshop with Radical Cut-Up, a temporary master at the Sandberg Instituut. A Collaboration between The One Minutes and Goys&Birls - experimenting with “Synthetic Selves“
with work by
Javier Rodriguez Fernandez
NXS is a new experimental printed publication, where each contributor comments and reflects on a previous contribution. NXS explores "the self" in the age of digital technology, with the first issue focusing on Cyber-sensuality.
NXS aims to explore the emotional and sensual side of hardware, software and algorithms, that normally have been assessed by their functionality, aesthetics and ethics. NXS invites artists, theorists, poets and off-context cultural participator to capture the current emotional status of our networked society and hardware-enhanced relationships.
The topic of NXS issue #2 Synthetic Selves centres on how the self is understood in the digital era, investigating whether we have full agency in constructing ourselves and what kind of images of ourselves we are broadcasting. Online environments are playgrounds for our identities and places for becoming the other. At face value, online platforms seem to promise us the opportunity to become anyone we want. Yet what happens online has consequences in the physical world. And what happens online is supported by the physical systems in which we grow up and live. Technology not only mediates the narratives of our daily lives, it shapes them.
House Rules is a video work and a sound piece compiled from previously conducted group breathing exercises. House Rules imagines an online environment where excessive personal and intimate data sharing is taking place with the explicit consent of all participating members. Individuals seemingly blend together in the midst of steam, smoke, vapor, dampness and darkness. Their synchronized movement and rhythm is amplified by the group state. Among the members, total openness prevails, yet individual identities remain hidden from the outside. House Rules accepts the impossibility to escape the network. Embracing our inevitable interconnectedness, it is a seductive invitation to join a shared database that brings the benefit of greater access to knowledge. The only way forward is to act as one.
The yearbook of 2014—2015 brings together the research, mentalities and projects that were made during this year. The design projects and events are narrated with the radical characters the students have become.
Neo-M is a multi-channel video and sound installation arranged as a moshpit with seven surrounding screens. The work deconstructs masculinity by exaggerating stereotypes and re-appropriating popular culture. Placing the viewer in a central position, the work not only stretches the limits of what the body can express, but also what the viewer is prepared to accept. The male body as a construct is perceived as a surface for intervention.
It acts as a flexible membrane onto which notions of masculine identity are projected and reinterpreted. The visual language of gender norms is transformed into a liquefied and accelerated version of reality. As a tangible carrier of identity the body becomes a fictionalized manifestation of the liberated self. A new hyper aesthetic, spiraling out of control.
The Shelter is an object designed to claim back our freedom and autonomy. This poncho can be turned into a tent. Carrying your house on your back, like a snail you are slow, but so is social change. Let’s explore, let’s invade our common earth: your home is everywhere. Let’s break borders and build our own freedom.
Off-white/ 100% Cotton
Refusing to comply with systems of mass consumption, Juliette Lizotte stopped going to the supermarket. She questions the food industry, as well as our individual responsibility for how we produce and consume. Changing the rules of her game, Juliette now obtains food directly at its source. Like a monk she commits herself to her new habits. Liberated from fictitious needs, and inspired by the natural food she eats and her taste for ‘Nightcore’, Juliette dreams of another world. One in which self-sufficiency is the new salvation, a privileged state to deal with guilt and rethink our needs on the path to asceticism.
A Triptych Fantasy on Local Food invites you on a singular audiovisual trip through Juliette's hopes and dreams, taking pop culture to the extreme: high pitch, high bpm and high amateurism. Each chapter of this journey gives an odd teenage feeling of a new-found hope in a world gone terribly wrong, making you want to join the movement or run away as fast as you can.
The Lost & Found took place in an old weapons factory, 45 minutes away from Amsterdam by bike. The Invitation Card provides next to the route map a sticker set to pimp the bikes and enhance the collective ride.
Visitors, who connected to the free wi-fi in the exhibition, received a welcome sms to different countries, that notify them about the data retention laws.
Nowadays, instead of passports our cellphones identify us. The border controls are cellphone towers picking up our signal and sending an SMS welcoming us to the country. Most of the time we receive these messages before or after its geographical border. When connecting to the network, all our data is under a law of a country without us being physically there. Our data may be sensitive. The phone can be our weapon against wrongdoings. And it can be suddenly turned against us.
Sandberg Instituut Manifesto to announce and introduce the Master programm’s.
Goys & Birls
A design studio based in Amsterdam. Goys & Birls work – both commissioned and self-directed – reflects on contemporary culture and developments in society in a cutting edge visual language. Empowered by pop culture, they dream in full HD and manifest beyond DIN Formats. Goys & Birls was born in 2015 in Amsterdam from the love of Monika Gruzite, Juliette Lizotte and Florian Mecklenburg.
Contact us at hey [at] goysandbirls dot click