Post-Internet Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
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small, Post-Internet Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Jon Rafman, from the series "9 eyes", 2009, photo courtesy of the artist/ MSN, ustawienia_prywatnosci_wystawa_msn_14.jpg
Private Settings. Art After the Internet, opening on September 25th 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, shows works by the generation of artists born in the 1980s and 90s who entered the artistic scene amid the dynamic expansion of the Internet and mass digital culture.
According to the curators of the exhibition, the web is not a space beyond material reality for the young generation, but an integral element of everyday life. It encourages one to be increasingly bold in designing and managing one's own identity. The Internet and mass access to new technologies have reshaped the intimacy of one-to-one feedback and provoked expressive individualism and "curating" one's virtual existence. What matters is effect and presence.
The architecture of the web, in which people vehemently like, hate, recommend, blog, and rate, does not favour getting to know the Other, but limits to a compulsive urge to self-document and an optimistic affirmation of "friends of friends". It is also a landscape of ever-blurring borders between production and consumption, the public and the private domains, original and copy, the intimate and the transparent.
The irresistible need to express oneself, one’s opinions, and the "authenticity" of the message have had an irrevocable impact on inter-personal relations. Everything is changing: manners of recording and distributing oneself, modes of representing and identifying. This unprecedented freedom of communication and expression generate the possibility of a daily performance of gender, race, social roles and hierarchies. The exhibition is an answer to the metamorphosis of social consciousness, highlighting it as an element which has fundamentally revalued the question of the freedom, privacy and anonymity of each and everyone of us.
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The young artists actively engage in these changes and shape a new language and aesthetic categories. They ask about the condition of the individual and the essence of visual representation: the way we perceive and express ourselves through images in an era of aggressive self-promotion and economy of attention. In a way, it can be seen a reaction to today’s imperative for creative participation in public life, symbolised by the figure of a prosumer – a spectator and an amateur creator of culture at the same time. Developed capitalism favours not only solid hardware but, more importantly, inventive software, with its promise of personal fulfilment and successful conveying of one's own personality and brand.
Private Settings is also an attempt to shed light on the language of contemporary visual culture – from idealised stock photographs and homogeneous corporate conventions, to the chill of the digital abyss and the aesthetics of amateur Internet practice, which questions the cult of the professional artist and traditional ways in which art functions in society.
Exhibiting artists: Sarah Abu Abdallah and Joey L. DeFrancesco, Korakrit Arunonandchai, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga and Jessie Stead, Darja Bajagic, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Jennifer Chan, CUSS Group, Czosnek Studio, Jesse Darling, DIS, Harm van den Dorpel, Loretta Fahrenholz, Daniel Keller, Ada Karczmarczyk, Jason Loebs, Piotr Łakomy, Metahaven, Takeshi Murata, Yuri Pattison, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Bunny Rogers, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ryan Trecartin, Ned Vena.
Opening at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw on September 25th, 2014, and will be on show till January 6th, 2015.
Editor: MJ 25/09/2014