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Nevromat / Neur-O-Matic

authors: Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica
installation, 2014

Neur-O-Matic is a series of twelve identical situations displaying the average generic workplace of the cognitive precariat, whose labour is deeply rooted in the absurdly static environment of communication capitalism. Unconscious gestures, dictated by information technology are triggering ideological operations in space-time medium, in which time is increasingly limited and space progressively diffused.

The authors (in close collaboration with electrical engineers Simon Bergoč and Boris Košak and artists Neža Jurman and Staš Vrenko) have chafed this fantasia of the abundance of knowledge and information to its essence – to the absurd, whose desire due to its inability to achieve gratification is bent upon destruction. The installation mechanism is set on partly self-destructing the installation, manifesting the fragmented and disruptive results of the overproduction.

All twelve situations are linked into a central network, that triggers the hammers punching on these clones. The central operating system of the installation works as an online environment connecting all twelve units together. Visitors are likened to the roles of operators, who are unable to control their actions, for every keystroke denotes destruction. The only means of resistance and transformation of the inert overproduction and operation is a radical withdrawal from the system and absolute inaction.

text by Ida Hiršenfelder ENG

text by Ida Hiršenfelder SLO

Nevromat catalogue SLO & ENG

Installation involves audio-book, integrated in 3 telephones.
Actors, poets and radio speakers read 33 selected poems and short stories of the russian poet, writer and dramatist Daniil Harms.

Harms audio book voices: Nejc Bahor, Blaž Božič, Primož Čučnik, Jasmin B. Ferlih, Karlo Hmeljak, Željko Hrs, Dejan Koban, Marko Mlačnik, Tjaša Koprivec, Mira Lampe Vujičić, Ivan Lotrič, Dušan Merklin Mick, Ana Pepelnik, Tone Škrjanec, Polona Torkar in Andreja Štepec

Concept and realization: Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica
Multiplication and moulding: Neža Jurman, Rok Mohar
Multiplication and motorization: Boris Košak
Multiplication: Blaž Božič
Wiring: Simon Bergoč & Tina Dolinšek
Electro-advice: Brane Ždralo
Telephony & Last minute: Luka Frelih
Telephony & Audio book editing: Staš Vrenko
Audio book mix: Jure Gruden
Lights: Martin Lovšin Schintr
Wording and editing: Ida Hiršenfelder
Wording and translations: Bojan Stefanović
Proofreading: Miha Kelemina
Public Relations: Polona Torkar

DIY workshop participants: Urša Dolinšek, Polona Torkar, Nina Sever, Sara Šabjan, Julijan Strajnar & Tilen Nedanovski

Production: Zavod Projekt Atol & Društvo Ljudmila
Producers: Uroš Veber & Tina Dolinšek

Exhibited at MoTA, Museum of Transitory Art, Ljubljana, 2014; MSUM - Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2016; U10 Art Space, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017

Foto: Miha Peterlič, Arhiv