In close collaboration with Karen Kjærgaard, Curator and Head of Exhibitions at AARCH, and Casper Riis Jensen, Designer at Walk, we have developed an exhibition microsite for the 2021 summer graduates: onoff.aarch.dk.
On Line Off Grid
The site showcases the graduation projects in four different layouts, beautifully described by Karen Kjærgaard:
When you are on-grid, you are connected to a central computer, a server, or the internet, being part of a larger system where data and people connect but also expose themselves to everybody else on the grid.
Being off-grid means you are not connected in any way to or dependent on a network. But 'off-grid' is also used to characterize a building or a lifestyle that allows people to be self-sufficient to reduce environmental impact and the cost of living. When you go off-grid, you disconnect from the system in favor of so-called simple living or living without leaving a trace.
Being online, in the sense of being connected to a central computer, a server, or the internet, has become a part of our lives. Every move we make is somehow registered online, with or without our knowledge or consent. From medical prescriptions, exam results, and work capacity to contact with friends, family, and others – it's all online, stored somewhere in the vast unknown cloud as digital fingerprints of our presence. You're always ON. As a consequence, some people choose to go off-grid or offline for a while.
Going offline means shutting down your connections, intentionally disconnecting from the online world around you, and thus being unable to exchange data with a server or a network. Being offline is also used as a metaphor for taking time off from work, obligations, and appointments or taking a holiday. Or it may be a permanent decision, although almost impossible in 2021.