Let’s be honest for a second, things are weird right now. Pile a global pandemic on top of the snowballing effects of climate change on top of seemingly insurmountable political polarisation and you’ve basically got a run-of-the-mill newsfeed in the year of our Lord 2022. The looming question which follows this ungodly situation we’ve found ourselves in: how is developing technology influencing all of this?
Luckily for us, there are some very smart people who have been thinking about that very thing, and they have an outlook which might help lower your blood pressure just a tad: Everything Will Be Fine.
It’s the newest installation from the minds which brought us The Glass Room, the ongoing global exhibition on data and privacy in the modern world. This group of researchers, technologists, and artists are exploring the human relationship between technology and crisis. Presented in a unique outdoor circular structure at the Deutsches Technikmuseum, the exhibition asks us to confront themes of “digital panic, doubt, control, and hope.”
Nothing is off limits here, from the role of social media in spreading dangerous conspiracy theories, to cutting edge AI tech whose possible implementations most of us can’t even really comprehend. The whole exhibit is also designed as a hybrid experience which you can interact with through your very own smartphone.
A collaboration between Tactical Tech and HAU Hebbel am Ufer, the installation will push you to reflect on the delicate balance between technology’s promise and its potential danger in uncertain times like these. Be sure to make the most of the experience with the guided tours, workshops, and film screenings on offer too.
Kick off your Berlin Art Week with this free (!) exhibition, running from September 14th until October 4th.
Words by Elise Shepley