A few weeks back I visited the 'Hacking Habitat' exhibition, set in an old prison in Utrecht. Much as the title suggests its focus centred around the technological advances of humanity and sported a large collection of politically fuelled artworks.
The space itself was a refreshing and strongly relevant location that proved to be highly inspirational to the artists involved. Each cell provided an individual experience in which the artworks became an installation - communicating with the very present memory of the buildings former use and the feeling of restriction and hierarchy this produced.
Despite my love for this concept the message that stayed with me all three hours homeward bound was the unbelievably reliant nature of modern society on technology. And what more the ability to learn about one another remotely and our willingness to allow our privacy to be bought from us in the name of safety, sales or simply social media. This has inspired me to continue to question such things and bring this argument into my work.
As a socially engaged artist myself I have a keen interest on such works but due to the usual negativity instilled in such collections I was wary of this visit. However, I am pleased to say I was blown away, inspired and truly touched by the experience; leaving with a feeling of increased awareness and a passion for those who choose to question and improve the system.
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