The Ars Electronica Garden Gdańsk, hosted by ŁAŹNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, features Sensory Orders, a project examining the different orders of sensemaking taking place under our (current) conditions of extreme precariousness and uncertainty.
The term orders comes from economics and political science, and describes how objects, ideologies or thought patterns are organized and structured. According to the economist and political philosopher Friedrich Hayek (who we paraphrase our title from), these orders are “not made by anybody but form themselves”.
Twenty-five international artists, researchers/scientists, designers, architects and scholars collectively investigate how the symbolic order of language and culture, the technological order of machines and the organic order of human bodies and natural entities are intertwined with, sense and affect each other. Where are we as humans amidst of these orders, some of which we cannot perceive or know but which have major effects on our lives?
Adjunct to our investigations in Sensory Orders are episodes of Filip Ignatowicz’s artUNBOXING project. These video performances, created specifically for YouTube and inspired by the unboxing videos that populate the platform, are offered up as refreshments. artUNBOXING is a part of the artist’s long-term project of exploring the boundaries between art and product, consumption and culture. He attempts to spark a conversation on the situation of art in consumer societies.
Oswaldo Maciá (CO/UK)
Oswaldo Macia is a sculptor working primarily with sound and smell. His compositions investigate conventional notions of knowledge and perception. He creates spaces for thinking, stimulates new questions and new problems. “My sculptural compositions are formed from images, objects, sounds and smells. Whether on paper, object, video or image, the works operate as sculptures. Sometimes they are scenarios: they occupy space, pulling and pushing all that surrounds them for their own ends. Sculpture is concerned with the relationships people have to the space and volumes that form the world we experience; in utilizing a wider perceptual range my work opens itself to subjectivity over objectivity, experience over knowledge.”
Filip Ignatowicz (PL)
artUNBOXING is a series of video-performances produced for the Internet. It is published in episodes, in the form of a program that mimics the YouTube unboxing show. Instead of typical objects for this genre, I open purchased works of art, things signed by artists, or gadgets from exhibitions. The act of unpacking of those items – is the essence of my creative act. I try to verify the thin border between art and product.
Oswaldo Maciá (CO/UK), Chris Bean (IE), Emilia Leszkowicz (PL)
‘Let us finish what we started’. This is how the UN introduces its first Sustainable Development Goal – to end poverty in all forms and dimensions by 2030. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 targets have been described as a sprawling, misconceived mess of grandiose intentions. The title of the development agenda itself – ‘Transforming our World’ – oozes utopian ambition. It was adopted by 193 nations in 2015. Five years later and with ten years left, how do you think our world will transform?
Erik Adigard (FR/US), Chris Salter (US/QC-CA)
Sensory Orders is an exhibition, online and print project examining the different orders of sense making taking place under our (current) conditions of extreme precarity and uncertainty. Twenty five international artists, scholars and researchers respond to how different orders – the /symbolic/ realm of language and culture, the /technological /realm of machines and the /organic /realm of viruses, plants, animals and the physical-chemical matter of the earth itself – sense on and affect each other.