20 november – 10 december 2009

Daniel Keller/ Nik Kosmas (Aids-3D) Ford/Aten

Language of advertisement from which Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas culled their artistic actions labeled with sign-board Aids-3D isn’t the main point of reference for their art, however it arranges narration adequately: we deal with people who excellently find themselves in contemporary life and who play with present-day rules. Another association, with science-fiction, is right in the place, because it precisely amalgam of scientific achievements, of knowledge and fiction (artistic lie) is what they chosen as a terrain of their actions.

Keller and Kosmas realize project of imaginary punk archeology – they treat history as a reservoir of objects/exhibits mixed in capacious pot and they serve dishes of disjunctive flavors: of ancient philosophy, UFO, mythology, sex, technology and conspiracy theories. This mixture is accompanying by research in which the leitmotif is trailing of religious thought’s rudiments and ritual foundation of culture independent of epoch.

In one of the newest video works (“Heat Death”) they show a computer post covered in dust as volcanic – an armchair knocked over, monitor and keyboard on the table looking like they were an image from before civilization turn. We look at an object of everyday use dressed in archaic costume – personal computer – as at relic of the past. But isn’t manipulation with historical image, which is their strategy, typical feature of epoch we live? Daniel and Nik sabotage (imagined) continuity of history course introducing numerous disturbances into this, weaving hallucinations, alternative visions. Flattened and condensed knowledge, in hands of American duet, appears as mutant of many faces.

Their essay writing units prehistory and contemporary time with huge imaginativeness, it transforms ancient motifs and high technology into a sequence of associations drove by the force of sparkling imagination. This archaic lack of deference brings releasing force. Apocalyptic visions of Aids-3D are embedded in so-called real life. They bombard the spectator with surplus of images and technologically mediated knowledge. For Keller and Kosmas try – no matter how seriously it will sound – to diagnose the man’s of XXI century condition of spirit.

It is hard to say unambiguously if work of Aids-3D is critical or affirmative – it leans out in one or another side time and again. It seems that Keller and Kosmas want to formulate a pragmatic vision of participation in the world changed by mass media and new forms of communication. It’s guiding principle is a concern of instruments’ supplied to society by technology rational usage.

Michał Lasota

  • Aids-3D “Ford/Aten”
  • Aids-3D “Ford/Aten”
  • Aids-3D “Ford/Aten”
  • Aids-3D “Ford/Aten”