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Elisa Jule Braun

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Elisa Jule Braun

Elisa Jule Braun


HEIDEGGER'S VALLEY or TECHNE & THE 3 FOOLS

Video + Installation | 18:39 min | 2021


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A Silicon Valley for Lake Constance! This is the decision made by the three-headed Hell CEO and his AI assistant Techne. The headquarters are to be built in the Swabian-Alemannic town of Messkirch - also known as genius angle of Baden. There Techne meets the local fools Cat, Bat, Hansele and the reborn philosopher-bot Hightekker. Hightekker and Techne philosophise about the nature of technology, the fools hold up a mirror and Amazon starts digging. HEIDEGGER'S VALLEY OR TECHNE & THE 3 FOOLS is a half-serious, half-humorous, semi-documentary fable-fiction. A free speculation in which philosophy, high-tech industry and Swabian culture collide. Past, present and future meet in the work: from a philosopher from the first half of the 20th century to current technological and social developments to Swabian science fiction. It is about dialect and dialectics, tradition and technology, hauntology and hegemony. HEIDEGGER'S VALLEY OR TECHNE & THE 3 FOOLS is the pilot of an ongoing project that will be supplemented by further episodes. The first chapter centres on a 2-channel video work. Objects and installative elements extend this into the room.


[D]

Ein Silicon Valley für den Bodensee! Diesen Entschluss fassen der dreiköpfige Höllen-CEO und seine KI-Assistentin Techne. Das Headquarter soll in der schwäbisch-alemannischen Stadt Messkirch - auch bekannt als badischer Geniewinkel - errichtet werden. Dort trifft Techne auf die hiesigen Narren Katze, Fledermaus, Hansele und den wiedergeborenen Philosophen-Bot Hightekker. Hightekker und Techne philosophieren über das Wesen der Technik, die Narren halten den Spiegel vor und Amazon fängt an zu baggern. HEIDEGGER'S VALLEY ODER TECHNE & DIE 3 NARREN ist eine halb ernste, halb humoristische, semi dokumentarische Fabel-Fiktion. Eine freie Spekulation, in der Philosophie, Hightech-Industrie und schwäbische Kultur aufeinandertreffen. In der Arbeit begegnen sich Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft: Von einem Philosophen aus der ersten Hälfte des 20ten Jahrhunderts über aktuelle technologische und gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen bis hin zu schwäbischer Science Fiction. Es geht um Dialekt und Dialektik, Tradition und Technik, Hauntologie und Hegemonie. HEIDEGGER'S VALLEY ODER TECHNE & DIE 3 NARREN ist der Pilot eines fortlaufenden Projekts, das durch weitere Episoden ergänzt wird. Im Zentrum des ersten Kapitels steht eine 2-Kanal Videoarbeit. Objekte und installative Elemente erweitern diese in den Raum.






TEXT by Heiko-Thandeka Ncube

The heads of Bezos, Zuckerberg and Musk fuse into one creating a singular entity named “Three headed Hell CEO”. HEIDEGGER'S VALLEY OR TECHNE & THE 3 FOOLS unfolds with such strange representations, as the CEO is joined by Techne, a kind of assistant embodying technology itself. Techne subsequently argues that CEOs next expansion of Silicon Valley units shall delve into the South of Germany. And with this Techne goes on a scouting journey encountering the Swabians, an engineering folk with a strange adversity towards the technological revolution this world is undergoing and yet with such a proud tradition of innovative thinkers, combined with absurd festivities like South Germany’s oh so beloved carnival. Techne encounters three fools of carnival ironically dancing to the US-rapper Future’s song “Mask off” while dressed head to toe in bizarre costumes. Humans thus far have mostly resorted to hierarchal orders of society. An order that is countered by the festivities of carnival, that, as the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin argues, is a “temporary liberation from the prevailing truth and from the established order.” A notion that calls Techne’s servitude into question and is mirrored within the strange conversation she has with the fools, who speak in a heavy Swabian dialect. Techne barely understands. Consequentially, Techne seeks a deeper understanding of language and finds the philosopher bot Hightekker, in the form of the glitching bust of Martin Heidegger himself, speaking in fragments of sentences and philosophical ideas. An overwhelming conversation unravels exposing all the layers that lie beneath Techne’s quest. As such figures disappear and reappear, they proliferate an entanglement that poses a streak of questions relating towards notions of humanity, subjectivity and being. Is the carnivalesque an inherently human understanding of being? Do Heidegger’s ideas of technological innovation withstand the test of time? To which extent is language a lens through which we can understand the human and inhuman relations between tradition, technology and the future. All this while rapper Future’s chorus rings through the work: “Mask on, fuck it, mask off”. Who shall take off their mask in order to answer to Techne’s search for truth? The fools? The algorithm based Hightekker? Is it her own mask of friendly faces that must be taken off, bursting the bubble revealing the true nature of technology? Or perhaps is it the CEO puppet of capital’s mask? The video game aesthetics of his introduction may offer a subtle hint towards what may lie behind his appearance, as his passion is described as “profit” and his drug as „3x testosterone“.