Locating Social (Un)Awareness, 2011PDA based Intervention/Installation
“Technology is often just another tool for leaving others behind and, above all, in favor of those who are skilled, equipped, and able. That is why, when thinking about technology as a symbolic ‘gate/passage,’ I could not avoid addressing the question of social awareness. How to (conceptually, and in a somewhat cynical gesture) enter into the ‘discourse of mapping’ the reality around us, introduce the reflection of attitudes toward others and the issue of social vulnerability? In fact, mapping in itself, with its military and invasion symbolism, denies gestures of ‘awareness’ toward society and underlines the cynical, if not absurd, idea of monitoring, locating, mapping, and using in the name of freedom and democracy.
Do we want to know what the people currently around us think about the issue of asylum seekers, homosexual relationships, or women’s rights? Whether the people with whom we find ourselves in the same room are racist, sexist, or homophobic? Whether our neighbors want equal payment for both sexes?
Or, to turn the question around, do we want to share our social (un)awareness with others? Does it even matter?
The work sets out from this last question. Our social (un)awareness should matter, and then with time we might correct our (un)awareness and tacit acceptance of it on the part of our fellow citizens, politicians, and written laws.” Andreja Kulunčić