[NetBehaviour] Philipp Teister: the urgent message - Imperica - digital arts and culture magazine.

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Thu Oct 10 12:50:05 CEST 2013

Philipp Teister: the urgent message - Imperica - digital arts and 
culture magazine.

Teister has been shaking the tree of art theory for some time. We 
covered him some time ago, when he had given his Facebook user account 
details to the world. This time, he's doing something which is slightly 
more subtle, but also more meaningful.

He sees his work as having an approach of the purist: he finds it 
difficult for his work to be accepted as "art”. Although it can be 
viewed as satire, as social commentary, his reasons for doing what he 
does are much deeper. It is, as he refers to it during our conversation, 
something of a mission. “I just create the story. What you make of it is 
yours. That's what I love to do. It's hard to be an 'artist', as that is 
perceived to be something totally different.”

His new work, Binlover, first surfaced in 2011. It was developed on the 
back of the ubiquitous and impenetrable Stuxnet worm, which found its 
way into telemetric devices of all kinds, including nuclear power 
stations. At the same time, a friend visited from Nairobi, telling him 
about African Maximalism. From there, Teister came up with the idea of 
harvesting the contents of a computer's trashcan and combining it with 
the story of an agent to produce Binlover. Its development was supported 
by Rotterdam-based independent art organisation Moddr which, at the 
time, was facing financial challenges as “... the neoliberal wankers 
started to shut down all of the independent art spaces. Those places 
don't really exist any more.”


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