Neur-O-Matic is a series of twelve identical situations displaying the average generic workplace of the cognitive precariat, whose labour is deeply rooted in the absurdly static environment of communication capitalism. Unconscious gestures, dictated by information technology are triggering ideological operations in space-time medium, in which time is increasingly limited and space progressively diffused. The authors (in close collaboration with electrical engineers Simon Bergoč and Boris Košak and artists Neža Jurman and Staš Vrenko) have chafed this fantasia of the abundance of knowledge and information to its essence – to the absurd, whose desire due to its inability to achieve gratification is bent upon destruction. The installation mechanism is set on partly self-destructing the installation, manifesting the fragmented and disruptive results of the overproduction. All twelve situations are linked into a central network, that triggers the hammers punching on these clones. The central operating system of the installation works as an online environment connecting all twelve units together. Visitors are likened to the roles of operators, who are unable to control their actions, for every keystroke denotes destruction. The only means of resistance and transformation of the inert overproduction and operation is a radical withdrawal from the system and absolute inaction.
Neur-O-Matic (book) is a part of Neur-O-Matic installation (2014, reissued 2016), plaster, paper, inkjet print, 126 pages, edition size: 16.
[editing, text, design] Ida Hiršenfelder
[text, translation] Bojan Stefanović
[photos] Guillermo Algora
[ilustrations and text] Lenka Đorojević and Matej Stupica
[proof reading] Miha Kelemina and Tamara Soban
[english proof reading] Paul Steed
[binding] Maruša Hren
[fabrication] Martin Lovšin Schintr
[republished text] Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica, Neuromat @The Broken Archive, November 2021
Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica, Neur-O-Matic, installation photos, 2014/2016
- “Beyond the Globe” 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art – U3, Curated by Boris Groys, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, 2016
- Ljudmila and Project Atol production, Museum of Transitory Art – MoTA, 2014