“Liberation 4.0” is an exciting new project developed by PIPA Prize 2016 Nominee Daniel Beerstecher, with initial funding from the PIPA Institute and seeking alternative fundings through Kickstarter. Click here to access the project on Kickstarter.
Within the next few years, politics will pave the way for a digital future, influencing whether or not personal freedom is preserved as we understand it today, if and how we can control our own lives or whether this is up to others – large corporations, secret services or even autonomous communication systems.
In Beerstecher’s video installation, two drones dance in the skies above Rio de Janeiro. “Each has a birdcage (with a living bird inside) attached to it. They circle around and fly side by side, taunt each other, bump into each other and find each other once again. (taunting and bumping into one another, and find each other) But don’t be fooled by the tropical dream this strange pas-de-deux seems to suggest.” The project deals with the problem of the technical evolution in the era of advanced digital interconnectedness (also known as Industry 4.0), and the question of individual freedom and self-determination finds itself at the center of the work. “The cages are there to remind us that, for the birds forced to follow the dance steps, actual freedom is not a possibility.”
Due to the project’s complexity in its production and high cost in its execution, besides the established partnership with the PIPA Institute, Beerstecher now calls on the audience’s help to raise the rest of the project’s budget and keep on with the work. Anyone can contribute through an investment on Kickstarter (see the full project) and, depending on the value with which you choose to support the project, rewards include postcards featuring stills from the video, collages made by Beerstecher, or the very drones used in production.
There are 14 days left before the closure of the crowdfunding on Kickstarter and, thanks to the to the audience’s help, Beerstecher has already managed to collect more than half of the estimated value. Besides boosting the execution of a challenging work that highlights an extremely important discussion nowadays, those who support the making of the video will also help to stimulate an urgent debate: where does free-will stand in a context in which machines are able to communicate directly with each other? “Where in this world of automation and algorithms does the human being ultimately have its place?,” asks Beerstecher.
It’s also worth noting that the commissioning of works by PIPA Institute is the beginning of a partnership with PIPA Prize nominees that enables original art projects to come to life.