Feeding Back (or: And Still We Keep Holding On To Our Spoons)
Essay film (HD video, stereo, 12:45 min.)
The starting point for the text is the occasion of receiving three silver spoons by my grandmother that carry a personal history of migration. The text unfolds into a reflection of the migration of data, capital and images. I aim to understand the silver spoon not just as a tool or a symbol but through its greater historic relationships of believe systems, value, trading and exploitation. The silver spoon serves as a metaphor that allows me to speak about the use of technology and our dependency within a paradox media-materialist reality. To reflect about the a ‘virtual silver spoon’ then is a logical consequence of looking at my grandmother’s gift through a contemporary perspective of computation and value creation. The material both of digital devices and spoons carry similarities that can be drawn between data mines, silver mines and urban mines as a specific example of today’s nature-culture-waste-relationships. Throughout the text the image of the soup and spoon return in order to circle around the development of currencies, its colonial history as well as image production.
Exhibited as part of SEEN BY #6: On Off Shore, curated by Paul Feigelfeld
Sept 30th—Oct 30th, 2016
Museum for Photography, Berlin.