Lecture: Pink Cell Tower
In his lecture, Daniel Irrgang refers to Julian Oliver's artwork Pink Cell Tower, on view at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. The work reveals the power relations and ownership structures inherent in mobile technology. Alongside our mobile gadgets, the largely invisible communication network becomes visible through cell towers, though these are often concealed or camouflaged when placed in urban spaces. Pink Cell Tower responds to the opacity of this infrastructure by offering an alternative that is appropriate to a city's public ownership structures.
Daniel Irrgang is a media scientist and post-doc in the research group "Inequality and Digital Sovereignty" at the Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin, which is affiliated with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Between 2013 and 2016, he was the academic director of the Vilém Flusser Archive at the UdK Berlin, and from 2016 to 2019, he was a research associate and assistant to the rector at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe. Daniel Irrgang is an Affiliated Researcher at the Center Art as Forum at the University of Copenhagen (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship).