23.09.2011. - 30.10.2011.

UFS (User Friendly Society)

Paolo Cirio, Sally Grizzell Larson, Kristijan Kožul and Société Réaliste


It doesn't take a scientist to notice the powerful effect of modern technology on our daily lives. Whether Google has a degrading or enriching effect on us, cataloguing us into some kind of Borgesian library that comprises the total of human knowledge, is no longer a question reserved only for media theorists. Neither is the question of whether technology liberates us, strengthening our cognition abilities or, on the contrary, limiting us by allowing easier control over individual and social life, bound to a particular discipline (philosophy, medicine, sociology, etc.), but is questioned on a daily basis. Since technology is not God-given, the questions we pose must relate to the causes and conditions of technological inventions, rather than to their consequences alone. Therefore, it seems interesting that the traditional field of applied arts (design) - mostly due to the proliferation of new technologies – is increasingly focusing on shaping social practices, rather than on designing usable items. As our power and control over nature increase, as it becomes somehow more condensed/concentrated, being literally shaped through different protocols, so does the importance of those who govern these processes. It seems as if the traditional task of design is changing: instead of beautifying and improving everyday life, it appears that design is more and more involved in defining it.

Paolo Cirio (1979) has worked as media artist in various fields: net-art, street-art, video-art,public-art, marketing-art, software-art and experimental storytelling. He investigates into perception and creation of cultural, political and economic realities manipulated by new modes of control over information's power. http://www.paolocirio.net/

Sally Grizzell Larson is an American independent visual artist working mainly in the field of video art and photography. Screenings of her video works include 11° FILE(Electronic Language International Festival), São Paulo; Berlin International Directors Lounge; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid; Alternative Film/Video Festival, Belgrade; Big Screen Project, New York; Image Forum Festival of Experimental Film and Video, Tokyo; NewFilmmakers NY, Anthology Film Archives; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Festival of Film and Media Arts.

Kristijan Kožul (1975) studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, and continued his studies at the Kunstakademie in Duesseldorf, Germany, graduating in 2002. His art was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA. He had solo shows at TZR Galerie, Duesseldorf, Germany; Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland; and Goff and Rosenthal, New York, USA, among others.

Société Réaliste is a Parisian cooperative created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in June 2004. It works with political design, experimental economy, territorial ergonomy and social engineering consulting. Polytechnic, it develops its production schemes through exhibitions, publications and conferences.