Dark Pools is an emerging format of secret, algorithmic stock trading with an increasing impact on global economics. Based on the method of 'semantic fields', Synsmaskinen have created an art project that ’bounces’ off the opaque surface of the Dark Pools and shapes a reflective universe, part fiction, part wild research. 2061 INMORAL LIDOS relates to the theme of the Research Pavilion, Utopia of Access by exploring an area of the exact opposite – a fundamentally closed system of financial value and power.
In a year-long artistic investigation of the phenomena of Dark Pools and their principal inaccesibility Discoteca Flaming Star, Jacobi and Clementsen have produced a pool of texts, derived from a method of automatization, the ’semantic field’. The texts ’bounces’ off the opaque surface of the Dark Pools and shapes a reflective universe, part fiction, part ’wild research’. These texts are installed as a performative scenario, that attempts to discuss the phenomena of the Dark Pools, not by revealing their hidden powers, but rather by investigating how these structures cast enigmatic shadows unto their surroundings. The principal in-accessibility gives rise to all sorts of conspirational fantasies – it is these pools of twisted fantasies that is explored in 2061 INMORAL LIDOS.
At the Research Pavilion Discoteca Flaming Star, Jacobi and Clementsen are joined by financial analytic Brett Scott and drummer Super Heavy Metal, that each will add knowledge and rhythm to the pool of 2061 INMORAL LIDOS.
Synsmaskinen (the Vision Machine): An artistic-research-conglomerate investigating various contemporary political crises. The research is undertaken by various constellations of artists, and will result in a series of art-projects, each exploring specific manifestations of what can be termed a global crisis. Synsmaskinen is hosted by the Institute of Art, University of Bergen, Norway and supported by Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.
Benedicte Clementsen is a visual artist living and working in Bergen, Norway. She is research assistant for Synsmaskinen at the Institute of Art, University of Bergen, Norway and currently undertaking the MA Art Praxis at DAI, Dutch Art Institute in The Netherlands. Her work has its foundation in the time based, combining medias such as video, sound, performance and installation.
Discoteca Flaming Star is an interdisciplinary collaborative art group based in Berlin. A group of people which uses songs and other forms of oral expression, understanding them as a personal response to historical events and social and political facts. Through conceptual, visual and musical transfers, they create performances, sculptures, drawings, stages and situations whose foremost intention is to question and challenge the memory of the public, transforming old desires and finding invented pasts, or pasts which never occurred. Cristina Gómez Barrio and Wolfgang Mayer have been the base of Discoteca Flaming Star since 1998. Both are professors for Intermedia Arts at the Academy of fine arts in Stuttgart, Germany.
Frans Jacobi. Visual artist, based in Copenhagen and Bergen. Professor of Time based Art/Performance at the Institute of Art, University of Bergen, Norway. Phd in 'Aesthetics of Resistance' from Malmö Art Academy/Lunds University 2012. Jacobi works with the dark poetics of contemporary politics, expressed in a variety of media - performance, film, text, drawing and water colours. Jacobi is the (hydra) head of Synsmaskinen.
Brett Scott is a writer and thinker investigating financial structures and algorithmic surrealism. He has been writing for publications like The Guardian, Wired, New Scientist, Aeon Mag & CNN.com. In 2013, he released the book The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money. His blog contains an array of texts and essays on finance, money and politics: suitpossum.blogspot.dk
Super Heavy Metal makes music by playing the most underrated and mysterious instrument in the band: The cymbal. With a selection of cymbals, sticks, tape, rattles and effects, the cymbals are treated much like the "Prepeared piano". The songs are made by building layers of rhythms and sounds, some parts are sampled and looped, most of it is improvised. Live, Super Heavy Metal, compromises between using cymbals and electronics to re-create and make the layers of sound. Super Heavy Metal is the solo music of drummer Kim Åge Furuhaug, Bergen, Norway.