Dries Depoorter is a Belgian artist who uses technology to make current phenomena tangible in a humorous and direct way. To do so, he builds his own devices and programs them accordingly. His catchy work addresses themes such as privacy, social media, artificial intelligence and surveillance. Among his creations are several products such as apps, games and interactive installations. He studied electronics for six years before making the switch to art school. Today Dries Depoorter is exhibiting and holding talks internationally while working as a freelance concept provider that focus on digital processes.
Dries exhibited at the Barbican London, Art Basel, Mutek Festival Montreal, Bozar, Para Site Hong Kong, Mozilla The Glass Room San Francisco, IDFA Doclab, Mundaneum. FOMU, Ars Electronica, NRW, World Press Photo, WIRED25, HEK.
Photo credit : Wim Van Eesbeek
Surveillance Art, Dying Phones and Fake Likes
Dries will talk about his recent and upcoming works, their process and showcase live work. At KIKK Festival 2017 Dries talked for the first time about his app ‘Die With Me’. It’s a chat app that you can only use when you have less than 5% battery. After the release, it went instantly viral. This year, he will tell the story about what happened before and after the release. During the talk Dries will live showcase his recent work ‘Quick Fix’ by giving someone in the audience hundred of Instagram likes in a few seconds. Do you want to be the next big influencer ?