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<nettime> IOCOSE: All of Your Base @Aksioma

Dear Nettimers,


After a decade, the IOCOSE collective returns to Aksioma, presenting a solo exhibition curated by Claudia D’Alonzo, an artist talk and a new edition of Aksioma's PostScriptUM series written by Daniel Rourke. You are very welcome to check out this new production that critically examines the NewSpace movement.



Exhibition: All of Your Base

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The artistic practice of IOCOSE focuses on the failure of narratives about the future and technological innovation while producing new interpretations of imaginaries, iconographies and rhetorics, sabotaging their original meanings through often surreal poetics.


All of Your Base presents the video animations Pointing at a New Planet (2020) and Free from History (2021), featuring the journey of Elon Musk's severed hand on Mars to colonise it. The hand is accompanied by a karaoke that mixes some of Musk’s most sensationalist statements with the voice of Albertine Sarges, author and performer of the melody.


The works are the first two chapters of in-progress research on the NewSpace Economy, the movement of extraterrestrial colonization through private investments that is expanding its scope from Silicon Valley to outer space. The exhibition was curated by an independent researcher and curator Claudia D’Alonzo.



Talk: Lip-synched Stardust

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In this talk IOCOSE discuss their most recent production around the NewSpace movement, which produces immense economic, technological and discursive investments towards the private colonisation of extra-terrestrial planets. IOCOSE explores the utopian promises surrounding the NewSpace movement and their inevitable failure, and asks what could be done with the traces left on our planet of this adventurous project.



Booklet: Why I Want to Fuck Elon Musk by Daniel Rourke

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In their space race the gurus of the NewSpace movement are expanding an imaginary that hybridizes individualism, libertarianism, neoliberal economics, counterculture and utopianism. Why I Want to Fuck Elon Musk plays with these cultural references, taking inspiration from the most emblematic statements spoken or tweeted by Elon Musk in recent years.

Daniel Rourke, a London-based writer, artist and academic, has resorted to working with the OpenAI Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) language model to imagine and narrate chronicles from a near future in which blockchains have materialized and the deepfakes of Bezos and Musk have colonized Mars. 



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