Inefficient Tools for Quantified Beings | HACKERS AND DESIGNERS

From Saturday 26 September to Friday 23 October, NDSM Fuse hosts the exhibition Inefficient Tools for Quantified Beings by Hackers & Designers.

On a daily basis, our bodies are being scanned, tracked, debugged, rendered, manipulated, and categorized by different technologies. How are we, as users and makers, able to understand our bodies’ relationships to these biometric computational processes? Inefficient Tools for Quantified Beings is a process-driven exhibition curated by the Hackers & Designers collective (H&D), which investigates the intersection of technology and the agency of the (human, post-human, trans-human, non-human) body from a maker’s perspective. The featured artists are Nazanin Karimi, Thomas Rustemeyer, and The Underground Division (Helen Pritchard, Femke Snelting en Jara Rocha). Engaging with technologies such as scanners, geocomputation, and 3D modeling, the exhibited works problematize the role of the ‘body’ in computation. In collaboration with architectural designer Thomas Rustemeyer, H&D developed a support structure which hosts the works of the invited artists. The structure reflects the ways in which H&D functions as a community, a network, and an infrastructure. Different local networks function as a resource library in the exhibition. Visitors can access the resources and research that went into each of the works by logging into the specific hotspots.

About Hackers & Designers

Hackers & Designers (H&D) is an interdisciplinary collective that functions as a network, an infrastructure, and a facilitator for creators from different disciplines (art, design, computer programming). The focus is on researching and experimenting with new technologies by means of ‘hands-on creating’. H&D’s aim is to create opportunities for makers to meet and work together. H&D also makes educational resources to the public by documenting and publishing tools, technologies and processes that are used and produced during workshops.

This exhibition and public program has been made possible in part by Tetem, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, and Het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

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