@ Sharon Toval

Virtual Eruption | group exhibition

March 12, 2011

Spaceship TLV (Hahalalit) and Teto project ,Amsterdam

An International experimental art project, involving young Israeli and Dutch artists. The project examined the boundaries and feasibility of art creation in the virtual world. The creative outcomes were astonishing.

 

Curators: 

Re'em Aharoni and Sharon Toval.

 

Artists: 

Barak Brinker, Idit Yemini, Liran Tal, Maurits De Bruijn, Viktorija Medvedeva , Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos.

 

 

The philosopher Jacques Derrida coined the notion of "Tout autre est tout autre" (Every other is completely other).

 

This concept sheds light over two types of otherness; a familiar other that stands chance to be assimilated, integrated or even invited to a particular group and a second, complete other, a radical idea of the other as a conceptual foe.

 

With the rise of virtual communication, and the development of networks which construct new frameworks for human interaction, it seems that we are at a time where Derrida's "tout autre" is seemingly to be eliminated. The nature of the Internet means that every individual holds a possibility to "befriend" and connect with either acquaintances or absolute strangers. As such, every stranger is a familiar other that can be affiliated and identified with.

 

Yet, networks form an easy framework through which to keep one's connections remote. Ignoring, blocking or shutting programs down are the new human relations 'cold war'; easily shifting the familiar to a new acquired status of a "complete-other".

 

The works exhibited have all been made under the constraints and struggle originating in the use of network system between the artists. They denote the mental struggle of individuals facing familiarity with strangers, and the risk of achieving alienation while aspiring to establish collaboration.

 

The works thus stand as a test between two individuals. The resulting objects and images are those of a constant query between two subjects. One could find linear considerations from one to another; a line that can be disturbed by the viewers, who literally and conceptually interfere with a dialogue.

 

The personal distress experienced by each of the individuals in the artist-pairs urged them to conduct a personal investigation in an attempt to shake off their comfort zone and achieve materialism - a translation from virtual to physical and its installation in space.

 

It is said often the world is shrinking and that time has less and less effect on geographical distances. Our cultural codes are transformed into hitting fingers on keyboards, attaching, sending, receiving and quickly reacting. Two main questions arise from the practice and exhibited pieces; With the completion of the works - what types of "others" are ultimately found? Once the works are installed in the space, do they maintain any of their virtual properties?

 

There is that mouth
Looking at you
From across the table
You might look

He moves hands
He does not excuse himself
To your bathroom

You stay

On one side of the mirroring table
You might win

His coat
Hanging on your chair
Hollow
The skin the snake left behind
The fur you stripped
The celebratory colour
Of a carcass flooded with Champagne
Milky coffee
You, victorious and great
His coat now,
small and liquid

You might still win this
You squeeze your hand
Until the skin colours the coffee cup

 

 

 

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