What is the cost of being online? What is the price an individual is willing to relinquish to be “public”? What is the public-private threshold beyond which neither individual or society finds acceptable? Is it 0.01% (1-in-10000)? 0.1% (1-in-1000)? Is there in fact any threshold for unmonitored unchecked blanket measures of security?
These are questions asked and addressed in over 100 works and pieces by 70 artists in the exhibition “Global Control and Censorship,” curated by Bernhard Serexhe and Lívia Rózsás. The exhibition is a part of GLOBALE at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe until 1 May 2016.
A personal highlight from the ZKM’s GLOBALE exhibition is the deceptively simple drawings by Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi who forces the viewer to confront their own perceptions of control.
There’s something very familiar about these drawings. On a stop in Ciudad de México during my year-long around-the-world in 2012, my friends and I visited the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (University Museum of Contemporary Art), and we saw Dan Perjovschi’s commentary about historical colonization and present-day globalization from Europe to the Americas.
ZKM Karlsruhe is close to the city centre, and easily accessed from either city centre or central train station with KVV tram route 2 to stop “ZKM”.