Frans Jacobi as Goldman (photo by Njål Clementsen)

SYNSMASKINEN is a new artist-group and an inquiry into 7 fields of contemporary political crisis. The project will consist of 7 art projects, each exploring a certain aspect of contemporary crisis. Together these 7 visions will attempt to unfold a contemporary cosmology; a new political horizon.
SYNSMASKINEN is an artist-group in the sense that each production is produced in collaboration between a small group of participants. Each of the 7 projects will be made by new groups of artists and thinkers. In this sense SYNSMASKINEN  will probe the concept of the research-group: What kind of insights does artistic thinking provide? How can collectivity adress the political issues of the 7 topics in a critical manner? The name is taken from the danish and the norwegian translations of Paul Virilio’s seminal book on the techniques of perception, La Machine De Vision. The name SYNSMASKINEN contains the methodological program: SYN=vision / MASKINE=machine
 “SYNSMASKINEN: 7 fields of contemporary crisis” is a forthcoming Artistic Research project (KU Project) at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB). It is a project in collaboration with partner art-institutions in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Ukraine. SYNSMASKINEN is organised by professor, timebased media/performance, Frans Jacobi.!synsmaskinen/c1kn9 (coming up)