Since her first release in 1992, Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) has developed an immediately recognisable aesthetic repurposing pre-existing footage to craft audio and video collages with an equally dark and witty take on popular culture.
Jürgen Neumann is a social entrepreneur with over twenty years experience in consulting, building and initiating social and digital networks. In 2002 he co-founded Freifunk.net, a non-profit, which focuses on spreading knowledge about open, wireless networks.
The supposedly infinite freedom of the Net is a permanent online participation, communication and live switching between real and virtual life. The resulting unspoken fear of turning away from the Network has led to increasingly loud calls for a way out. The focus panel Exit Lab discusses and provides perspectives on the ‘right to exit’, which is not only an absolute rejection but a reversal of the Net’s power structures and scaffolding.
Face to Facebook deals with questions about privacy in online contexts based on the most iconic of platforms: Facebook. Following the Facebook principle, the artists have built a dating site into which they have imported from a million user profiles, using special software, 250,000, which they then classified, by means of a specially developed facial recognition algorithm, into categories based on features and expressions.