The Watch is a project currently being produced at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS) / Graduiertenschule der Universität der Künste Berlin and is Co-funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin.
To date The Watch exists as a video/sculptural installation that has been developed in collaboration with cultural history researcher Sophia Gräfe (DE). The work channels a re-imagination of domestic technology from the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Centering on the ominous remains of the standard lawnmower model from this historical socialist state, the work sheds light on circular effects of war and economics on household design and behaviour. It sets out to explore how subtle forms of militarism are felt in domestic and psychic spaces and connects everyday technology lived with in the GDR with present-day issues related to privacy and household autonomy. The video soundtrack is developed by AGF (Antye Greie-Ripatti). The video was made in collaboration with Jemma Woolmore.
This project is part of my larger research project Reimagining Technology of the German Democratic Republic in the Age of Planned Obsolescence.
Two of the leading questions guiding my studio research are:
– Can deconstructing socialist era media technology and connecting it to present day digital culture offer alternative readings of our critical entanglement with technology?
– What kind of patterns and juxtapositions immerge when domestic electronics and the commonplace attitudes, cultural practices and techniques that surrounded technology from this historically significant socialist period inhabit the digital realms of capitalist culture?
More content to be developed throughout 2017/18