sexy curves revisited - inside the
sexy curves is an art
project that puts in its centre specific forms of graphic representations
the globally operating and encoded data streams that communicate
informations of economic,
political and social value as well as individual
These data curves visually represent two worlds that
are familiar to all of us:
the rhythm of the beating heart and the fluctuating
charts of market quotations.
Both graphs are projected onto semi-transparent
glass panels and form
tableau of ecriture automatique of information
On their way the projections impinge upon the visitors:
they become visible in space, creating moving sculptures in more than
moving patterns on moving visitors as moving monitors.
This ecriture automatique reveals itself today as a
below our visual apperception that nonetheless is leveraged
as one of the main devices of constructing reality. These
that unswervingly and checklessly shoot around and through
as information patterns of a miniature size only comparable to
molecules, cells, atoms, form the matrix and the munition,
the designo (to use a
term from the renaissance)
for the forming,
the "Gestaltwerdung" of social, cultural and especially economical reality.
In the atmospheric space that looks empty and only seems
to be filled with the air we breath,
a plane for another extension of
the human being develops.
It is going to become his medium of communication,
his workspace of concentrated languages.
Sexy curves live coverage
of these "always now" happening actualities, mirrors and accentuates
the penetration of these systems into their "world" in form
of a kinetic-social sculpture:
the blood circulation as the life giving
and preserving system of (human) organisms
and the thorough penetration
of the financial/economic system
into our individual and social reality.
In the installation a dual sound transmission leads
this theme vividly into a real time flow of "music":
live feed of one of the worlds largest trading floors, the Standard
& Poors 500 index and
the even intense sound of an ultrasonic
heart recording acoustically
meet, mix, and move around each other.
A "sound-clash of systems"music, in which the beat of
the heart becomes the rhythm machine
of the word rap of the financial/economic
market. Both these graphic transmitters of information
display the enourmous potential
of influence and power of their systems,
although their "tracks"
obviously are invisible and inaudible.
For sexy curves they constitute
the macro- and microcosm of a culture
that is strongly influenced by global
economy. They are seen as circular systems
that carry their "messages"
even to the most hidden nooks in their systems.
Like mechanical loops
with changing information, they feed back "reactions"
respective centres (the world/the body) and so keep alive
their system and by this our so well furnished and arranged world.
But the interaction and cross-fading of the visible
and audible informations in sexy curves
mirrors a more and more disturbed
interaction that nowadays starts to resemble
in economy is called
an unfriendly take over. The sheer power that economic forces exert
the social and individual arena may be percieved in the experience of
the penetrating sounds and visuals of the financial market and the heart
becomes the backbone of an aesthetics of automation as she is
and more interpreted as a data exhaust among others that are
systematically controlled. The "real" is not invented,
found or concieved,
it actually happens inside encoded sequencies. It
has been atomised.
On our plane of perception it appears as virtual, as fluid.
To refer to Paul Virilios redefinition of Marshall
"the media is the message" as
"it is not the medium that is the message,
but merely the velocity
of the medium"(1), the "information system" of
blood circuit as mere background noise, as a secondary code that
disappear from apperception one dayand with it its
From a "culture of ersatz"(2) this path then
might lead on to an
"enlitement" in which "Aufklärung" a
german term connoting both Enlightenment and intelligence
will serve as information resourcing
to systems of surveillance and automation.
By then, the "Enlightenment" project,
as defined by Immanuel
will have been reduced to absurdity. And branded man, without conscious
awareness, will live (again) in subordination, an object to a remote sovereign.
1) Paul Virilio, The Information Bomb, S.141,
London, New York 2000
2) Jean Charles Massena, Sex Art And Dow Jones, S.23, New York 2003
3) "Enlightenment is the exit of Man from
self inflicted immaturity.
Immaturity is the inability to use reason without
guidance from someone else.
Self inflicted is this immaturity when its
cause is not absence of reason but of
resolution and courage to use it
without guidance by someone else."
Immanuel Kant, in: Beantwortung
der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung?
5. Dez. 1783, Leipzig 1929