The Fog of Systems

Bani Brusadin


Highways, antennas, containers, storehouses, pipes, submarine cables, sensors: the word infrastructure usually refers to “matter that enables the movement of other matter”, the underlying organized structures and mediators that support human exchanges and the value people associate with them. However, simple observation suggests that something increasingly valuable is happening not simply “above”, but both within and outside, as well as in-between our so-called infra-structures while humans design and inhabit them in ever more convoluted ways, investing their emotions in them and using them to measure, automate and build world visions and expectations about the future. This essay is an introduction to artistic methodologies that map, tour, stage, dissect, tell, visualize, tear open, restitch and embody the composite networked structure that we sometimes call our Society, sometimes the Internet, and sometimes Planet Earth. Finding alternative ways to inhabit it, perform or run it allows us to discover more about these infrastructures and ourselves within them.


Bani Brusadin: The Fog of Systems. Art as Reorientation and Resistance in a Planetary-Scale System Disposed Towards Invisibility
PostScriptUM #37
Series edited by Janez Fakin Janša
Publisher: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Represented by: Marcela Okretič
Poofreading: Sunčan Stone
Mechanical Editing: Miha Šuštar
Design: Luka Umek
Layout: Sonja Grdina
(c) Aksioma | All text and image rights reserved by the author | Ljubljana 2021
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Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Ljubljana and the Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE).
This essay is the result of a research funded by a grant of the Oficina de Suport a la Iniciativa Cultural of the Generalitat of Catalonia in the year 2020.

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