Commissioned artwork for the Oslo Architecture Triennale, October 2019
Curated by Interrobang
Despite the rumors, automation could contribute to the construction of eco-sustainable paradise, freed from the fatigue of labour and supported by an ecosystem of machines.
ARPA is an artefact reflecting on the progressive transformation of labour and the socio-economic consequences linked to the introduction of automation in production processes. The proposal is shaped as an instrument of propaganda, a device part of larger communication strategy staged in the city of Oslo, informing about a forthcoming technological revolution. The collision between the two media involved – still images and scrolling video-texts – unveils a disturbing asymmetry between the positive impact generated by an efficiently automated Utopia and the emerging social topography, dominated simultaneously by luddite revivals and machines enthusiasms.