'critical minerals' (ongoing research), 2017, archived processes of sinkholes and endogenous opioids, dimensions variable
Born Ruda Slaska (PL), 1984
Evelina Rajca is researching the repercussions of the manipulation of sleep/wake rhythms on not only on the well-being of individuals, but also how it affects social bonds, communities and our sense of togetherness. The history of labor solidarity and common aspirations is embedded in a sense of empathy that is being chipped away by fatigue of neoliberal cognitive exploitation and precariat labor. Perhaps a double implosion is forthcoming with our psychological and intellectual indentations and impairments caused by exhaustion, paired with the holes that are piercing the surface of the earth. Networked and mobile, stationary and hand-held devices and carry-on smart technologies are ubiquitous, craving more and more electricity, which means more excavations, more resources, more violence. The constant connectivity also means cognitive exploitation, the rise of an attention economy, working hours increasingly encroaching into leisure time (otherwise known as time of consumption), but moreover into respite time. “But when does a new technology shift into a smarting ideology?” For example, by exploring the consolidation of memory during sleep and the effects of endogenous opioids in the age of ubiquitous computing, Rajca experiments with aspects of resilience and interactions with pain within human and non-human beings, including artificial intelligence.