Data Exchange, a film and a book of the same title, provide an impressive insight into the life of Bedouin women
from the el-Tarrabeen tribe on the Sinai peninsula. For more than ten years, the writer and film-maker has explored the life
of a group of about twenty women who make a livelihood out of breeding small flocks of sheep in Wadis valleys or dry
riverbeds in the desert. Barbara Husars series of drawings and gouaches that deal with the subject of the exchange
of messages and data were created in that area of tension between archaic and austere life in the desert and the highly-complex
information society. The basic materials of her work are the umbilical cords of new-born desert sheep. Barbara Husar sees
in them a strain of data, drawing parallels between the physiological function of an umbilical cord and the exchange of data
in an information society. Data Exchange unfolds a view of a very specific aspect of a nomadic society.
Film Data Exchange, color, 36 min., German, Sinai, 2007 Book Data Exchange, 88 pages, Atelier Lichtwellenbad, 2007
The occasion for the second MAK/ZINE is provided by three MAK exhibitions on the same subject that are being shown in parallel. THINGS: plain & simple is understood as an artistic and cultural-historical plea for the ideals of plainness and simplicity of form.
Contributions by Elfriede Jelinek and Detlev Schöttker as well as Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Christian Höller, Fatima Naqvi,
Elisabeth von Samsonow, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Johannes Wieninger, interviews Jasper Sharp / Doris Krüger and Simon Rees
/ Jan Norrman, German/English, 144 pages, MAK/Volltext Vienna 2012.