The Griefers of Bandung

Published by the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, 2017, 128 pages, 11.7 × 16.7 cm, English

Price: €15

Dark web gamers, virtual posers, nomadic dreamers, far-out spacers and mystic tracers ~ The Griefers of Bandung transmits the voices of a generation on the cusp of its own rising sign….

Synopsis: Dutch art student Elsemieke Kiekens has just spent the last three months in Bandung, searching for love and fighting alongside a local activist collective. Meanwhile, her virtual avatar Virgo has become a resistance hero involved in weapons-trafficking, corporate-boycotts, rally-organising, illegal-fundraising and cybertheft. It turns out the effects of these operations are not limited to cyberspace. Now, overwhelmed by a series of unexpected encounters, Elsemieke finds herself on a plane back to the Netherlands. She is soon to understand that the worst is yet to come.

The Griefers of Bandung is published in the context of the DAI 2016-17 COOP Academy Publishing Class, I Left my pdf in Arnhem, curated by Sarah Pierce and Tirdad Zolghadr.