The solo exhibition „Terms & Conditions” by the duo Agnieszka Antkowiak & Stefan Głowacki refers to the idea of public space as a site of negotiations and discourse. As the internet has displaced the public sphere it also distorted our way of shaping it.
In the face of this transition it seems that „terms and conditions” and other pop ups are a contemporary equivalent of ancient debates. Tracking down our unconscious behaviours, the artists are investigating the dependencies and influences between online communication and behaviours towards the physical telecommunication infrastructure.
The exhibition is designed in three spaces – the website, the waiting room and the main exhibition space. In the center of the space you can observe the infrastructure of the project. The little device is a carrier of data, a server for the website, connected to every corner of the exhibition. Approaching it, you simultaneously become an agent in the play of invisible forces – interfaces and signals, that may or may not influence your life choices.
The graph is inspired by a horoscope life chart. Like twelve planets, we have twelve dark patterns – tricks used in websites and apps that make you do things that you didn’t mean to. Technology outran our knowledge, that’s why not only we believe in horoscopes but also we turn toward irrational tools to understand things that were made to increase our access to knowledge and make the world more understandable.
The 6 minute 43 seconds video essay tells a story of its own, about technology, infrastructure, superstitions and knowledge, compliance and protest. You can find there footage from across the internet – historical tv programmes, maps of underground cables, rare footage of unmanned aerial dowsing vehicle, personal correspondence, you can spot the differences of google’s representation of places, there’s even original footage from Maribor and a lot of things that don’t exist. The video is interactive – every click from the website reveals a story, every move is traced creating a heatmap layer.
|Agnieszka Antkowiak & Stefan Głowacki
|Terms & Conditions
|Place / venue
|K18 Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia Guest Room Maribor, Pekarna Magdalenske Mreže
|5.11.2021 - 10.12.2021
|Agnieszka Antkowiak, Gregor Salobir
|Agnieszka Antkowiak Agnieszka Antkowiak & Stefan Głowacki Lucija Smodiš Stefan Głowacki