Surgencies workshop at ArtEZ
This workshop aimed at creating a collective lexicon of personal viewpoints towards the influence of the ubiquitous technology around us, by drawing attention to those implementations that are so vowed into our daily lives that they normally go unnoticed.
How do we consume? How do we get influenced? How do we protest? The intangibility and unclarity of where and how exactly digital technology works and affects us, creates tension. By investigating and collectively mapping emotional responses to technology and their behavioural implications each participant extracted inspiration for a personal “protest for”— not against— statement, that was published directly in the surrounding public space.
The workshop’s collective “research through making” approach mixed fast speed visual and textual assignments with performative elements requiring quick responses that do not allow over-rationalization or over-explanation of behind lying constructs and promote the production of associative and subconscious ideas. By applying this method to expose the seemingly trivial daily urgencies in life, we can stop asking questions and make strong and profound statements to counter them.