The performative installation bastardCROWD[mobile] of choreographer and performer Daniel Aschwanden and media artist Conny Zenk, uses the book Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production by media theorist Dr Mirko Tobias Schäfer as a starting point for investigating and questioning the everyday use of smartphones. The installation is on display from 7 to 9 May at the Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL) in Vienna.
The 'Selfie' culture is only one phenomenon in the context of virally spreading digital communication devices. Aschwanden/Zenk, having performed artistic interventions in Beijing, Accra, Addis Ababa and Vienna, emphasise the global phenomenon of superposition of traditional forms of communication through new interface cultures.
Accompanying the installation a symposium titled 'The datafication of the public sphere' and various workshops are being held at the AIL, which is an initiative of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.