2015: NATURAL WI-FI, m-a-u-s-e-r


Summer Research Residents

Economically – Nature becomes its aesthetic obsession. This obsession materializes in all formats of palm trees, cactus, and pines. It turns headquarters into green landscapes, and domestic spaces into YouTube sets for cats. It produces Feng Shui instructions for the computer desktop, as well as planted techno-ruins – everything to pay with one-click.

Natural Wi-Fi investigates this material culture of the Internet, focusing on the geographical context of California while indicating almost any urban place as a construction site of the constantly evolving techno-landscape. The video installation shows the architecture of Nature’s synthetic presence in this techno-landscape, in which a cell tower transforms into a palm tree, or an artificial stone buries the garden socket. Reciprocally, it also documents the nature of technology’s physical bodies, its mute shells in the desert and remote traces on the beach.

The installation includes levitating stones that not only materialize the digital imagery, but also function as exhibition furniture. Constructed from online purchase objects they multiply into an interior landscape. They are available on eBay.

Student Research Assistants: Erika Katrina Barbosa, Nick Meehan, Selwa Sweidan, Zhihan Ying

Selected by 2015 Jury: Sean Donahue, Cher Potter, Marko Tandefelt, Mimi Zeiger

m-a-u-s-e-r is a collaborative studio, established by Asli Serbest and Mona Mahall in 2007, to reflect and produce architecture in and through different media. Their projects include exhibitions, installations, stage and set designs, as well as video-texts, concepts, and publications, all of them showing enthusiasm for strange online and offline spaces, anti and rational modes of work, and fragmentary forms. Their teaching and research strongly resonates with their practice. http://www.m-a-u-s-e-r.net/