HERE ALL ALONE is a total installation of sound and video art by Swedish artist Anders Weberg. It takes up the entire 2000m2 area of ‘the white factory’ at Nørrebro, what used to be an enzymes factory but is now closed down.
The installation unfolds through large-scale audio and sound installations, and other visible and invisible installations involving surveillance cameras, push notifications and “old” media devices. Walking through the factory, the audience will experience various intuitive, embodied encounters with the installations that mirror how we engage with the world in a mediated reality increasingly conditioned by surveillance, feedback from invisible computing and overlays of virtual realities.
The ambient installation of sound and video art in the white factory at Nørrebro finds its grounding in a current condition: A time of growing alienation, social exclusion, insecurity and rising fear of anyone other. A reality in which recent violent events have enhanced the actuality of a fear-focused world. We find ourselves here, in the abandoned enzymes factory, confronted with the feeling of being in an emotionally desolated world — all alone.
Inside the factory, a fragment of the city is transitioned from the world of the concrete, productive and real into the realm of the fictional. The artist Anders Weberg invites us to explore the factory through various aesthetic entry points that confront the dystopian consequences of a fear-focused reality. He takes us behind the material surface of the factory and underneath an emotional skin of our cultural condition. Here, we are confronted with anxiety, fear and alienation, however not without hope that these emotional conditions can be cured. The aura of a factory once producing medicine for curing us physically and psychically mirrors a potentially curative emotional response to our uncanny status quo, which we are invited to explore while immersed in the responsive audiovisual installations.
The exhibition raises the overall question: How do we deal with being actors in a culture of decaying trust and increasing alienation?
Exhibition website: hereallalone.dk/
Thank you to the students of the graduate course Critical Curating: Urban Digital Art at Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University for research and curatorial assistance:
Zahra Al Ziheiri
Noémie le Bouder
Mikkel Stig Rørbo
and Pedro Filipe da Silveira
Software artist duo: NULEINN, Rine Rodin & Magga Ploder.
Installation web developer: Michael Hansen
Audiowalk: Benedicte Gui de Thurah Huang
Technical production: Jorma Saarikko
Graphic design: Josephine Jensen
Communications assistant: Emily Jacobi
The white factory is made available for this exhibition through collaboration with GivRum, which will present the exhibition project in the same space at the City Link Conference, October 30, 2015.