Mar
12
2013
<em>Pussy Drones</em>
 

Addie Wagenknecht
Pussy Drones, 2013
C-print, animated .gif

The Pussy Drones series explores a new form of discourse between the web-based experience (lolzcat, memes, gifs) and historically closed systems which control the physical world (finance, supply/demand chains, marriage).

In theory the democratic nature of the internet allows everyone to create equally, controlling its root at an open p2p (peer-to-peer) level. Yet the internet­, net art and the very essence of the web (programming, the code structure itself) is still ruled by men. The web has never been a democratic medium, Mark Zuckerberg said ‘There are probably 200 million people who think that Facebook is the internet.’

The reality of the sexual dynamic between traditionally male and female objects is institutionally quieted when presented as fine art, even though the work is in front of us. Making direct formal connections between art and power is not merely an exercise in copy left but perhaps a bit of conversation between the mediation of the same object across social implications.

As a society we are beginning to see that we live on the internet and in the physical world at the same time. What we do on the web now blurs into our everyday life. At the same time, we are becoming a society of people who do not have relationships face to face but rather face to screen, camera or drone. We look more at our screen then we do out our windows. Our relationships and most intimate interactions are no longer happening in the same room or even same language. We kill and fuck over webcams and google translate. Life has become as simple as creating a login.

Pussy Drones was commissioned for Art Brussels, The Digital Now. April 2013.

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