The Watch

The Watch

Festival edition: 
2017
Format: 
installation

The Watch (2017) is a joint project by artist Darsha Hewitt and cultural history researcher Sophia Gräfe, premiering as a site-specific sculptural intervention in the venue of the Imaginaries excursion.The installation abstracts qualities of a household object from the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Centering on a standard lawnmower model from this historical socialist state, Hewitt & Gräfe’s work sheds light on circular effects of militarism and surveillance on domestic design and behaviour. Using methods of abstraction and seriality, The Watch channels a re-imagination of domestic technology from the German Democratic Republic. It sets out to explore how subtle forms of surveillance are felt in domestic and psychic spaces and connects everyday technology lived with in the GDR with present-day issues related to privacy and household autonomy.

 

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