exhibition 'Room for Manoeuvre' features new works by Knowbotic Research
(KRcF), known for their advanced network and media projects since
the founding of the artist group in 1991. In a specially designed
audio-visual installation including four video projections, 'Room
for Manoeuvre' presents four 'vehicles'
of the that Knowbotic Research have developed for their current projects,
and places these vehicles in a series of hypothetical scenarios. The
exhibition explores the meaning of codes and actions in public spaces.
It proposes possibilities for acting through strategies of transcoding
in these spaces of power, of scientific knowledge, of surveillance,
and spaces of migration.
Going beyond these possibilities, the show suggests to the audience
that such 'vehicles' might in fact be used for other, self-designed
purposes. The show came about as a result of an invitation by Alenka
Gregoric from Škuc
Gallery, almost two years ago, to curate an exhibition that
would show how the divide between the so-called media art world and
the contemporary art world is withering away. Now in the 15th year
of their extremely fruitful collaboration as a group, recent projects
by Knowbotic Research appeared as a perfect way of showing how the
contemporary art discourse is no longer hung up on its former technophobia,
while at the same time artists are becoming much more versed in understanding
the limitations and the potential of digital and other technologies
as artistic means.
Presenting this show at Škuc is a great honour, both because of the
gallery's fame as a home to the younger European art avantgarde, and
because Ljubljana has played such a crucial role for reinventing contemporary
art in the face of the network and digital culture.
Andreas Broeckmann, Stefan Riekeles