SOLAR DISPLACEMENT//12.12.2013-12.12.2014//location: Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana & spelapetric.org/solar_displacement
The insatiable neoliberal order tends to subdue the members of society to the technological apparatus, which never sleeps. Transcontinental corporations, the world stock market and increasingly mobile careers may be examples of structures of production, which prominently override the chronobiologies of its human agents, but in reality few escape the subtle pressure of “living life to the fullest” or experiencing social success. Where lies the border of this culturally imposed skewing of the human biological rhythm, beyond which the primordial zoe revolts against its bios and begins to devour itself? Which social installations sustain the population on the edge of its circadian tolerance?
The project ‘Solar Displacement’ is an agora for the deliberation between the culturally suboptimal body and the potential of humans to emancipate themselves from their biologies using alcohol, pharmaceuticals, natural remedies, or phototherapy. A custom application developed for the mobile phone keeps track of the luminosity of the participant’s surroundings and mirrors the light conditions in the rats’ environment. The rats respond to the artificial light by displacing their rhythm of activity as well as with self-medication. The synchronization of the participants with their bioindicators thus allows them to observe their physiological bodies as if they were dissociated, autonomous entities and are simultaneously urged to take responsibility for the well being of the rats’ as well as themselves.
To participate in the project, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaborators: Gašper Derganc (programming), Slavko Glamočanin (programming), Miha Turšič (design)
Acknowledgments: Nejc Novak (http://zivali-male.com/), Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM), Ljubljana
The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, ŠOU Ljubljana.
The project is part of the ‘KiiCS’ / ‘Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science’ programme, supported by a grant from European Comission, 7th Framework Programme.