Imagine a place that’s a lot like Earth… We’ll call it planet B. Planet B is a place of natural beauty – unspoiled by pollution, unmonitored by satellites, untouched by the human endeavours. This exhibition at the Waag shows you how such a place might sound, feel, smell or taste. Join us on a mission and discover planet B!
Friday 1 November: 19:00-21:00 official opening
Saturday 2 November: 19:00-02:00 Museumnacht Amsterdam (entrance with ticket)
Reflections on space
Several artists reflect on our urge to discover other planets, and the role of technology in our space expeditions. In Perihelion/Rage/secret_lover, Antti Tenetz lets bacteria train an AI (GAN) system to imagine their place among the stars. The installation provides a critical perspective beyond the techno-optimistic promises of AI.
Minna Långström’s film installation project Photons of Mars depicts facilities and its workers dedicated to interplanetary research. The work reflects on how their understanding of the Martian landscape becomes more than the sum of the data derived from the photons hitting the cells of the robot’s cameras.
Students from AKV/St. Joost pose similar questions. How can you recognise yourself in space data? What is our space body? 10:30-11:30 is a work that anticipates the idea that we see ourselves differently from space than we do in everyday life or through existing media. Is it possible to get to know the individual through technology?
Masha Ru presents the Museum of Edible Earth, where you can explore and experience life on Earth versus life on the Moon and Mars through oral engagement with soil samples. You can guess which environment each sample connects to, either the Moon or Earth.
Reflections on technology
The works of the exhibition all have in common that they present us with a critical reflection on technology. The Kongo Astronauts artists’ collective manifests itself in the interzone of digital globalisation, where past, present and future collide, running headlong into the politics of intimacy and identity of urban lives. In Postcolonial Dilemna Track #04 Remixed, by Eléonore Hellio, you are led through Kinshasa in an allegorical and wacky trip, both poetic and violent.
Aesthetics of Exclusion is a collective of artists, designers, coders and scientists. They research how we can use image recognition software and machine learning to recognize visual characteristics of gentrification. What traces do we leave online when we visit the city? In the audiovisual installation De Drie Wijzen uit Oost, we are presented with fragmented spaces composed from Instagram snapshots of the visitors of bars in Amsterdam owned by a collective of entrepreneurs called ‘De Drie Wijzen uit Oost’.
With their installation StreetSwipe they let you determine if you think a photo of a storefront should be classified as ‘gentrified’. While swiping, different cities, streets, years and neighborhoods will be compared on a live webpage that functions as a scoreboard.
Botanica Variegata creates a system of classification of plants, according to their online presence on Instagram. In the installation, different plant species, orders and families compete with one another through a special system that assesses, favours, and values photographic settings; the more homogenous the context of the plant, the higher its score.