2 Feb 2018 – 13 May 2018

La Casa Encendida

DIS

Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network

A project by DIS with Darren Bader, Will Benedict y Steffen Jørgensen, Casey Jane Ellison, Ilana Harris-Babou, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman and Daniel Keller, Ian Isiah, Kim Laughton, Anastasia Davydova Lewis in collaboration with Eno Swinnen, Chus Martínez, Ada O’Higgins, Babak Radboy, Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Lance Tooks, Ryan Trecartin, Amalia Ulman, McKenzie Wark, Maroon World and Malte Zander.

It seems we’ve lost our heads — no need for a brain when we’ve got thumbs that type and swipe, seeking out knowledge from a glut of online information too expansive for any one mind to hold.

Pulgares que escriben y se deslizan. Red de entretenimiento educativo de DIS (Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network), reflects an important new stage for the collective: the launch of DIS’s new streaming platform on dis.art, a video network that hybridizes art education and entertainment, mobilizing an intergenerational network around the critical issues facing us today and tomorrow.

The collaborative output of an international group of writers, thinkers, and artists is presented in three immersive installations: Original series’ like The Restaurant, a cooking show with political themes by Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen; MAD, a talk show exploring mother and daughter conflict by Casey Jane Ellison; McKenzie Wark’s headless lecture on Paul Preciado; an episode of Circle Time in which Babak Radboy explains the ruthlessness of capital to children; and a documentary short on the Libertarian Seasteading movement in Tahiti by Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman and Daniel Keller. Clouds by Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann imagines a future in which liquid citizenship is made possible through technology. Ilana Harris-Babou presents Reparation Hardware, a home restoration tutorial that proposes reparations for African-Americans, while Maroon World employs the Spring 2018 LUAR collection to reflect on labor and inequality.

The transitional broadcasts devised by Darren Bader, Anastasia Davydova Lewis, Ryan Trecartin, Kim Laughton, Amalia Ulman, Malte Zander and DIS link the different programs together, while “Chus,” the host—created with Culture Sport, interpreted by Ian Isiah and inspired by Chus Martínez—riffs on the future of learning and the conservative nature of art.

Light boxes line the walls like an abstracted PDF, “onboarding” the audience, and serving as a call to action for an understanding towards mobilization — a training in complexity that undoes the mystification and obfuscation of our disjointed mediasphere. Integrated within the landscape of light boxes are original illustrations on whiteboards and chalkboards developed in collaboration with comic artist Lance Tooks.

Pulgares que escriben y se deslizan. Red de entretenimiento educativo de DIS (Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network), straddles cultural genres, providing a guide for this brave new world, helping us understand how to be and see our own bodies and societies in the techno-capitalist context.