On the Potential for Change: The Play of Forces in the Work of Mario de Vega
In: Energies in the Arts
Edited by Douglas Kahn
Cambridge, MIT Press (forthcoming, April 2019)
pp. 373-395
ISBN: 9780262039383

This book investigates energies—in the plural, the energies embedded and embodied in everything under the sun— as they are expressed in the arts. With contributions from scholars and critics from the visual arts, art history, anthropology, music, literature, and the history of science, it offers the first multidisciplinary investigation of the concepts and material realities of energy coursing through the arts. Just as Douglas Kahn's earlier books helped introduce sound as a category for study in the arts, this new volume will be a foundational volume for future explorers in a largely uncharted domain.
The chapter "On the Potential for Change: The Play of Forces in the Work of Mario de Vega" surveys the work of contemporary Berlin-based Mexican artist Mario de Vega and the energies that lie within them. Addressing his installations, performances, and book designs, this chapter traces the ways in which de Vega critiques society’s unwavering faith in technology through an engagement with physical and human energies. Utilising materials ranging from sound, gunpowder, laser beams, labor forces, and electromagnetic radiation, de Vega foregrounds the “ghost in the machine”; the latent and overlooked energies that await activation.
Other contributors are: Susan Ballard, Jennifer Biddle, Marcus Boon, Joan Brassil, Steven Connor, Milford Graves, Daniel Hackbarth, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Caroline A. Jones, Douglas Kahn, David Mather, Stephen Muecke, James Nisbet, Michael Taussig, John Tresch, Melissa Warak


As the dust settles.
singuhr-editions, Berlin 2018
Edited by Carsten Seiffarth & Markus Steffens

"Berghain in Berlin is a special place, whose role, function and very own personality offer plenty of inspiration to reflect on the connections between sound, architecture, history, interpersonal relationships, subculture and society. While the front part of the former power station houses the club's premises, another enormous hall adjoins the rear area of the building – which was constructed in 1953 and is now a listed building –, located on the back side of the club’s dance floor. Ceilings almost 20 meters high, rough, unplastered walls, concrete pillars and massive charcoal chutes hanging from the ceiling like swords of Damocles create the scenario for the artistic interventions presented here – just like "DUST", the sound installation by Katarzyna Krakowiak developed specifically for the Halle am Berghain, which makes her one of the few artists who have been able to present a work here so far. (...)"
Text accompanying "DUST" by Katarzyna Krakowiak, an architectural sound installation commissioned by singuhr-projekte Berlin, presented at the Halle am Berghain from May 18 - June 3, 2018.



Ecologies of Transmission: Artistic Explorations of the Taboos and Secrets in Today’s Lived Electromagnetism
In: TABOO ‒ TRANSGRESSION ‒ TRANSCENDENCE in Art & Science: Proceedings of Interdisciplinary Conference, 2016
pp. 551-568
Editors: Dalila Honorato, Andreas Giannakoulopoulos
Published by Ionian University | Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Corfu 2017

"Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science" started as a wish to explore three different levels of conception and perception of the aesthetics and ethics in the field of art & science. During its maturing process the project developed towards the exploration of the line where art and science meet and therefore also the border where they divide. The three "T" initials condensate three ideas. First the forbidden, a convention that is so deeply rooted that few seem to be willing to break it. Second the defiance, the challenge to the convention itself either through the resistance to execute an order or through the direct action against the status quo. Third, the sublimation, the transition to an alternative state that overcomes the expected intermediary stages in linear conceptualization, here connected with the expansion of limits.


Sentimental Machines
By Daniela Silvestrin & Christian Rauch
Essay for: SOFA Magazine #2, Cyberlove (March 2017)

— “GOOD MORNING, SIRI.”
— “HI, DANIELA. IT’S 13:46, BY THE WAY.”
When we tell Siri “I love you”, Siri answers back: “All you need is love. And your iPad”. Weirdness and commercialism aside, Daniela and Christian uncover an emerging emotional relationship between people and our machines.
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Susanna Hertrich – Körperfiktionen und Sinnes-Apparate
Essay für: DIALOGE 05. Gesellschaftswissenschaften und Kunst - Magazin zur Ausstellung des Hessischen Landesmuseums Darmstadt und der Schader-Stiftung
pp. 12-15
Zur Ausstellung "Human Upgrade: Susanna Hertrich & Hannes Wiedemann", Galerie der Schader-Stiftung, 14.10.2016 - 05.03.2017

Die direkte körperliche Verbindung von Mensch und Technik, welche die Phantasie des Menschen seit Jahrhunderten anregt, hat sich im 21. Jahrhundert real konkretisiert. Nicht nur die Ergänzung durch prothesenhafte Gebilde wurde verfeinert, sondern technische Apparaturen sind ein interner Teil des Körpers geworden. Diese Verbindung wirft Fragen ethischer sowie politischer und soziologischer Natur auf, rührt doch der Mensch damit an sein Selbstverständnis als autonomes Wesen.
Die Schader-Stiftung und das Hessische Landesmuseum Darmstadt gemeinsam konzipierte Ausstellungen. Die auf eine Verbindung von Gesellschaftswissenschaften und Praxis zielenden Forschungsfelder der Schader-Stiftung stehen im Dialog mit der Kunst der Gegenwart.
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The Thrill of Riding the Wave
In: LIMEN. Ecologies of Transmission
Editors: Mario de Vega, Victor Mazon Gardoqui, Daniela Silvestrin
Mexico City & Berlin, published by 17, and ñ, 2016

LIMEN takes the spectrum of human-made radio waves and the seeming stability of our contemporary societies dependent on instant communication as an area of exploration and exposes the zones of manufactured ignorance in techno-scientific developments.
Building a dialogue with the artistic research by Mario de Vega and Victor Mazon that explores and critically addresses this sphere otherwise not accessible to human senses, the publication brings together a series of contributions and collaborations that address different aspects of the proliferation of electromagnetic signals produced by wireless telecommunication and other devices based on microwave technologies. The focus thereby lies on the discussion of their impact on human interaction as well as their implications for social and emotional exchange, their interaction with living systems within different ecologies, and biopolitical implications of governmental control over their use.
A limited edition of this publication includes an electronic device integrated into a special book cover, capable of intercepting high frequency radio-wave activity produced by wireless ICT appliances, translating it into an audio signal perceivable by humans. This outcome is based on the application of inverse engineering methodologies that log the frequency range of electric signals emitted by security cameras, mobile phones, cordless phones, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and other devices based on microwave and radar technology.



Futures in Excess
PostScriptUM #17, Ljubljana 2014
Series edited by Janez Janša

“Historians divide geological eras into different “ages”, and we can say that ours is the Plastic Age. This human-generated organic material is now part of the natural world, as the Great Pacific Plastic Patch shows. For Daniela Silvestrin, a cultural manager and curator specialized in bioart, this is where the artistic speculation of artist Pinar Yolas starts. (…)”
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An Ecosystem of Excess - Interview with Pinar Yoldas
published: September 2013
In: uncertain space - Media Art all over?, transmediale Magazine no. 1, 2013
p. 30-31

Daniela Silvestrin talkes to Pinar Yoldas, selected artist in the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research 2013. The program is offered by transmediale in cooperation with the Flusser Archive at the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin. (…)
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