Performative Taxi Rides

• Sat 08​ – 29​ 06​ 2019 •


SAT 8 6 2019 / 20:00 - 22:00
SAT 15 + 22 + 29 6 2019 / 13:00 - 17:00
Venue: King Georg Büdchen, Sudermanstraße 2, 50670 Köln
Free admission
Online registration under NOORDKAAP TAXI

JODI presents a unique moving piece of art specially developed for Cologne. Put on a set of VR glasses and lose yourself in a self-propelled video game environment! With a digital diorama on your head, your senses will be kidnapped for the duration of a taxi ride. As revolutionary as the Futurists, the VR Taxi catapults you into the digital revolution composed of speed, energy, aggression, noise, new technologies – and, Cologne wil finally get its own street font designed by JODI: letters drawn on the streetmap with a text that can be walked as a route.

The artist duo JODI masterfully subverts the promise of the internet and the languages of new media. As a subject, the automobile plays a recurring role in their oeuvre. From the early years on, starting in Silicon Valley in the 1990s, JODI built up a comprehensive internet archive of car-related issues. They reprogrammed video car games and created drawings of cars through GPS tracking in the actual landscape. Striving to vividly reflect the digital medium in reality, JODI created a VR Taxi that offers an intense physical experience of car-related elements. As 360-degree video technology is making its entrance in virtual reality marketing campaigns, VR Taxi aims to re-appropriate the in-car-entertainment system. During their stay in Cologne, JODI has filmed places and districts from unusual perspectives. The According to JODI “the work refers to the experience of speed and kinetic images.

JODI pioneered in 1995. JODI challenges the relationship between technology and users by subverting our expectations about the functionalities of everyday digital systems. Their work is featured in most art historical volumes about media art and is exhibited around the globe. I.a. Documenta-X Kassel; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; ICC Tokyo; Guggenheim Museum NewYork; Centre Pompidou Paris; the New Institute Rotterdam; ZKM Karlsruhe.

Noordkaap is a nomadic art platform operating in the regular channels of the art world and in disruptive locations in the urban environment. Noordkaap develops cutting-edge productions and long term programmes that critically tackle topical issues in politics and society. It blends diverse audiences with easily accessible, as well as with complex art forms connecting to the here and now.

Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Creative Industries Fund NL and TÜV Rheinland Stiftung