Start up: Artur Magrot – It Will Not Take Long

It took millions of years for our sensory organs to evolve to their present form. It has taken humans ten years to acquire a new sensory organ, and to become dependent on it. The mobile phone enables us to perceive a whole spectrum of physical phenomena to whose perception our primary senses are not naturally predisposed. Unlike the physiological senses though, this new organ is shared by more than one person: it is not the property of a single individual. Artur Magrot’s installation, ostentatiously technological in its concept, represents one of the various situations this state of affairs entails. Namely, it sets in relief the conflict between the yearning for privacy and the ambition to control or subordinate others. There, one force eliminates the other. One is desirable, the other is not – but then, which is which?