Man will never completely trust the technology. We use the internet, but also feel manipulated. Cameras on the street are there for our security, but also control us. The mobile phone has become a part of ourselves, but makes us always traceable.
In the performance Deus ex Machina Koolen examines this love-hate relationship between humans and technology. During Hacking Habitat he confronts the audience with small mechanical objects, mostly without function, that look like high-tech gadgets. At unexpected times these objects appaer, presented by undercover magicians, as to stirr a brief moment of visual confusion pushing the visitor out of his comfort zone. The work refers to the universal desire of man to get acquainted with the new, the unknown.