Users' Club was exhibited at Statens Museum for Kunst
(The Danish National Gallery) during October 2001.
USERS' CLUB. An
installation by Artnode, 2001.
In 1925, Aleksandr Rodchenko designed "Workers' Club" in conjunction with Exposition Internationale
des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris. "Workers'
Club" was a new, post-revolutionary reality - a public place which
could offer political enlightenment and debate, as well as a place, which
could provide renewed energy after a long working day - a place, which could
help maintain the revolutionary identity.
With reference to Rodchenko's
"Workers' Club", Artnode has created "Users' Club".
A public place for the freedom of speech. After the digital revolution a
new reality has been created for open communication; a great, indefinite
mouthpiece called the internet, where everyone has the opportunity to manifest
him or herself. A new, large, indefinable group, "Users" has come
to life in the society of networks.
is a megaphone at Statens Museum for Kunst. A megaphone into which you
can say what you think of art. What you think of "Art in the Society
of Networks". "Users' Club" is a chat, where, via the internet,
you can see the visitors at Statens Museum for Kunst and tell them what
you think and they may answer you in return. "Users' Club" consists
of a 8 m long table with 4 microphones set up at Statens Museum for Kunst
and an internet page at www.artnode.dk - From these two public positions
one can submit spoken messages to either users at Statens Museum for Kunst
or to users on the internet. "Users' Club" consists, therefore,
of two poles, from where dialogue may appear the moment someone starts
to communicate and thus becomes "user".
"Users' Club" was the second part of Artnode's High Density project.