Exhibition THE GENTLE TOUCHES OF DIGITAL BODIES
14 November 2019 – 12 January 2020
Victoria Art Gallery (Samara)
This exhibition project turns to the new genre of post-digital art, to the subject of the post-digital materiality and tactility of digital phenomena.
How usual have the windows, folders, and desktops on computer screens become for us?
Do we perceive our own possibilities, extended by the functionally of programs and applications, as natural? How closely has our life been integrated with digital mediators? And how has the digital aesthetics influenced our perceptions of norm, style, and, in a broader sense, the “eidos” of objects – the shell of abstract phenomena, having no analogues in the material world?
The exhibition is focused on our relations with digital world and on the organics of our existence in the form of virtual bodies and relations – there, in the world of the binary code; it is also focused on the opportunity to transfer, realize, and visualize digital reality – here, in the 3D world.
Post-digital art deals with the documentation of abstract and fluid processes of digital world: it searches through digital world for images and phenomena and finds a place for them in the world of man. This process may result in the destruction and solidification of digital entities or in a new aesthetic and communicative quality and, as a result, a new body.
The exhibition will display works, in which artists search for the forms of materialization of digital objects, enter in creative cooperation with algorithms and artificial intelligence, reflect on the subject of uniqueness and reproductibility of the realities of digital world, and invent the means of communication with artworks – it will even be possible to hug some of them.
Participants of the exhibition: Ivan Gorshkov (Voronezh); Ludmila Kalinichenko (Ekaterinburg); Mikhail Mikhailov, Igor Samolet (Moscow); Alexander Zaitsev, Vladimir Logutov, Andrey Syailev (Samara-Moscow); Mikhail Gorelov, Maxim Shabalin (Samara); Gerasim Gerasimov (Togliatti).
Curator: Anastasia Albokrinova
The exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of the Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin.
The Gallery expresses its gratitude to Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) for the assistance with art loans.
The program of the opening: a tour of the exhibition by the curator Anastasia Albokrinova and the artists, as well as a music performance in the style of noise jam by the exhibition participant Mikhail Mikhailov.
On the day, following the opening, – 15 November – there will be an artist talk by Ludmila Kalinichenko (Ekaterinburg), a star of the Ural art scene, participant of the 4th and 5th Ural Industrial Biennale, as well as several personal and group exhibitions across Russia.
In her projects the artist turns to various media – photography, installation, and video art, and among the subjects she is most attracted to are the performativity of an image, the possibility of post-Internet, communication in modern society through “copy & paste” effect, combination of the new and the traditional in order to form universal symbols.
On 17 November the curator’s tour of the exhibition given by Anastasia Albokrinova will take place, accompanied with meta-commentary by AI-writer – artificial intelligence.