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The Dream

Artist: Domanović Aleksandra
installation | mixed media | 2014

From yu to me is a film about the introduction of the internet to the former Yugoslavia in the late 1980s, and about the country-code top-level domain, .yu. When the suffix was abolished on March 30, 2010, it became the first ever top-level domain to disappear as a consequence of geopolitical events. In this way, the domain’s story is emblematic of the fate of the “borderless”, post-national world that some believed the internet and globalization would bring about. It was only shortly after the domain had been registered in 1989 that socialist Yugoslavia began to disintegrate, leading to years of war and the creation of several new nation states in South-eastern Europe. Domanovic first started researching the story of the domain .yu when she learnt of its acquisition by the Museum of Yugoslav History, marking the first non-physical object in their collection. A key figure featured in the film is computer scientist, Borka Jerman-Blažic. In From yu to me, Jerman- Blažic describes how she came to connect Yugoslavia as the 16th country in Europe to the internet. Continuing her inquiries into feminism, cybernetics and science, Domanovic learned from Jerman-Blažic of the “Belgrade Hand”. This multifunctional, externally powered prosthesis was developed at the Mihajlo Pupin Institute in Belgrade in 1964, and was the first prosthetic hand that could not only grab objects, but also had a sense of touch. Domanovic has been making a series of 3D prints of the hand, creating sculptures that hold specific objects and symbols. The version included in the Shanghai Biennale references Diego Rivera’s A Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, a painting depicting Frida Kahlo holding a yin and yang symbol. Presented in the context of China, the hand serves as a reminder that cybernetics is also partly a Chinese creation insofar that its inventor, Norbert Wiener, worked at Tsinghua University in Beijing during the 1930s.

Exhibitions

The 10th Shanghai Biennale - Social Factory | 2014.11.23 - 2015.03.31 | Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum(Shanghai, China)

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