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Techno: sound for democracy
Berghain Flyer February 2020

Widerstand ('resistance') was the concept for the February flyer of Berghain

Why do we need to resist?

 

Democracy all around the world is being corrupted with fake news on social media. Cambridge Analytica is gone, but we are still suffering from the abuse of power by this consulting firm which combined misappropriation of digital assets, data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication during the electoral processes. 


The sound of techno music can do more than just beats. We have to be alert nowadays and stand up for our rights: this is how democracy is going to survive. 

The flyer was used 3D images to give more depth and perspective to this concept. As elements of the flyer, we have the skull, representing a memento mori for the impending death of the human species due to a culture of greed and ignorance of threats such as climate change.

 

Venus, the Roman goddess whose functions encompassed love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory, has her face transformed into a computer screen that reveals in glitch how our information is not safe from hacking and abuse, representing how our data has been (and continues to be) stolen for malicious purposes, and throughout which the gold color related with the unchecked desire for money and riches that underpin these problems.


The Eye of Providence or the all-seeing eye of God is together with the human figure, that has an obscured face, showing how people are not sure about their beliefs and choices and also the perils of the rise of facial recognition technology and surveillance culture. The Buddha represents the faith that is lost and is in pain for the behavior of the human race. The last image shows how AI, artificial intelligence, is currently being developed and contains a similar threat to our independence if it is to be used in the wrong way.

 

Otavio Santiago,

Graphic Designer, Berlin

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