Tradeshow

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Ivor Diosi Tradeshow 1996 Neon Sign web.jpg

Author

Ivor Diosi

Title

TradeShow (2020)

Description

The project presents items from an imagined cyberpunk dystopian future as immediately purchasable, concrete products on show at a make-believe industry trade fair aimed at the hi-tech/low-life. The items span a spectrum of body enhancement implants, do-it-yourself genetic modification kits, cyberpunk urban warfare weapons and self-defense gadgets, anti-surveillance obfuscation, and network and hardware hacking tools.

Actual 90's iconic consumer products are appropriated and re-purposed as cyberpunk accessories, tools and gadgets from the year 2020. The products' features and benefits are elaborated on promotional leaflets accompanying the items' "trade fair" presentation. Their function is not explicitly stated in the promotional materials, it is presumed that the "knowledgeable customer" will infer the intended purpose of each piece from the advertised features.

Inspired by and freely based on the Cyberpunk 2020 role-playing game playbook.

Date

1996

Medium

ready-made objects, posters, flyers, ironic design

Private Collections / Destroyed

Exhibition history

  • C64/Amiga demoscene private show, Budapest, Hungary, August 1996.
  • "runaway", SPACE/Gallery Priestor for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, May 2006.