dragging


video Dragging features the artist in his home, strapped to an electric crane with safety belts, and involved in what appears to be an absurd activity: with every push of a button he lets himself be passively dragged towards the motor, readjusting his position each time it gets too uncomfortable. The process seems to be rather simple and enjoyable at first, however it gets increasingly awkward, painful, and even dangerous. Situated in this context, the artwork slips into the very epicentre of daily routines, much like technology ingratiates itself into our everyday lives—although it sometimes affords us an easier way of life, it also seduces us to stay at home and fall into electronic oblivion. The artist inquires whether the digital world’s insistence on active participation—to like; share; comment; play and debate online; shop for tools and apps that start following your every step as soon as you accept their terms and conditions without even readin them—appears as an illusion of freedom to make decisions ourselves. How does technology affec us? Do we control technology, or does technology control us?

Video: Indrė Urbonaitė

Work is partially financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.