Relate to the Matter As I Drop the Bomb
Starts: Wed, 18 May 2011, 10:00 a.m.
Ends: Wed, 15 June 2011, 08:00 p.m.
With his new body of work UBIK examines the recent socio-political tectonic shift in the MENA region. He explores the optimism of the new wave "social media 9-5 weekday anarchists" who seem to promote a sense of optimism that is both convenient and sceptical. UBIK references his views through a mash-up of pop-culture laced with his usual dose of dark humour. In his own words, "suddenly everyone's a political pundit in this new world diss-order! "
UBIK expresses his views by creating works in various mediums that combine pop-culture with his usual dose of dark humour. His works pose a kind of experiment where the artist displays the work and awaits a response from the audience. Viewers are urged to explore their reactions and emotions, often in a cynical, sarcastic and humorous way.
The exhibition title ‘Relate to the Matter As I Drop the Bomb,’ is a lyric from the song "I'm Housin," by the American political rap metal group RATM (Rage Against the Machine). The title also refers to a piece of text written by UBIK that deals with the current socio-political and dys-utopian idealistic fever that has managed to capture the imagination of the MENA region.
‘Relate to the Matter As I Drop the Bomb’ touches on different themes relating to revolutions, from power and domination, to revolt, radicalism and anarchy, freedom and oppression, mass and social media, truth and fabrication.