Last year’s winner of the VRHAMMY Award, Dani Ploeger, returns to VRHAM! with his latest project. Last December, the artist traveled to the fortified border fencethat Hungary had raised along its southern border with Serbia to keep out migrants and asylum seekers. The barbed-wire is capable of delivering electric shocks and is equipped with heat sensors, cameras and loudspeakers that shout inhospitable messages in several languages. Once at the border fence, Ploeger cut off and ran away with a piece of razor wire from the border fence. This was a daring action: damaging the border fence is a criminal offence under Hungarian law. His SMART FENCE project uses old and new media, from celluloid film to augmented reality, to explore the way we delegate our responsibility towards asylum-seekers to these tech-enhanced structures. Along the way, the artist also attempts to deconstruct the techno-ideologies that are often inscribed in these technologies of control and exclusion.
SMART FENCE is presented at the VRHAM! Festival Centre at Oberhafenquartier.
VRHAM! goes Rathausmarkt. From 7 June for the whole duration of the festival you can discover Augmented Reality illustrations by Spanish artist Magoz on Hamburg’s Rathausmarkt square. Grab your smartphone, scan the QR code and bring the illustrations to life!
A fragmentary approach to Carl Maria von Weber’s opera and its thematic contents. The four 15-minute parts do not follow any chronology or linear narrative. They do not claim to tell the plot of the opera. It is focused on chosen highlights and creates new worlds for the visitors to discover themselves. One of the episodes, for example, contains an encounter with Kaspar or follows Ännchen through a labyrinth, or you visit Agath in a virtual forest and roam through a large Max mountain range.
FRAGMENTE – EIN DIGITALER FREISCHÜTZ is presented at the VRHAM! Festival Centre at Oberhafenquartier as part of VRHAM! on top zu sehen. Admission free, first come first served! Our Guides at the info counter and at the entrance to VRHAM! Live are glad to help.
Concept & realisation: CyberRäuber
Composition & Sound design: Micha Kaplan
Dramaturg: Deborah Maier
Production manager: Eva-Karen Tittmann
Supported by the Fonds Doppelpass of the