- 15th June 13:00-17:00
- 22nd June 13:00-17:00
- 29th June 13:00-17:00
- Opening with A Taxi Happening Saturday 8th of June 19:00 at King Georg Kiosk, Sudermanplatz, Cologne
- Lecture-performance Thursday 6th of June 19:00 at Academyspace, Herwarthstrasse, Cologne
JODI presents a unique moving piece of art specially developed for Cologne. As revolutionary as the Futurists, the VR Taxi catapults you into the digital revolution composed of speed, energy, aggression, noise, new technologies. Put on a set of VR glasses and lose yourself in a self-propelled video game environment! With a digital diorama on your head, your senses will be kidnapped for the duration of a taxi ride.
The artist duo JODI masterfully subverts the promise of the internet and the languages of new media. As a subject, the automobile plays a recurring role in their oeuvre. From the early years on, starting in Silicon Valley in the 1990s, JODI built up a comprehensive internet archive of car-related issues. They reprogrammed video car games and created drawings of cars through GPS tracking in the actual landscape. Striving to vividly reflect the digital medium in reality, JODI created a VR Taxi that offers an intense physical experience of car-related elements. As 360-degree video technology is making its entrance in virtual reality marketing campaigns, VR Taxi aims to re-appropriate the in-car-entertainment system. During their stay in Cologne, JODI has filmed places and districts from unusual perspectives. The work refers to the experience of speed and kinetic images.
Cologne wil finally get its own street font “Cologe Str”, designed by JODI: letters drawn on the streetmap with a text that can be walked as a route.
pm free entrance
Academyspace, Herwarthstraße 3, 50670 Cologne
404 Schrott aller art// Underlying codes and programming options come to the surface in JODI’s work. Instead of structural contradictions, their focus is precisely on this medium-specific dysfunctionality. For this lecture performance JODI will look at the car as an object in their on- and offline work.
The art duo JODI originated in 1995 when Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans created their first website, wwwwwwwww.jodi.org. Together with a small group of international artists, they developed the concept of Net.Art and placed itin the context of contemporary art. The Net.Art movement expressed critical awareness of the impact made by the digital information society before this awareness became widespread.
Digital media and networks are characterised by their double layering, a visible surface and underlying codes that determine or manipulate how the public reception and interaction should proceed (“social design” or “digital dictatorship”?). These underlying codes and programming options come to the surface in JODI’s work. Instead of structural contradictions, their focus is precisely on this medium-specific dysfunctionality. JODI responds to the flow of technological innovations as a parasite, experimenting with the characteristics of new digital means and the physical peculiarities of the immaterial medium. Online public interaction first motivated JODI to approach this medium.