As artists we create images, as curators we believe in their potential; their potential to be seen, to travel, to expand and inspire. Thanks to High Definition, now we can see the actual colors, textures or materials of an artwork, from behind a screen. With the Internet, it is possible to get a better idea of a show, a museum collection without even visiting it in flesh.
To be honest, we never had the chance to contemplate most of these exhibited artworks for real and this show is the occasion to experiment with a ‘Real Life’ exhibition format in the digital age.
Every artist has to consider the ‘second life’ of his/her work. Once the exhibition is over, the work goes back into storage while its documentation starts a career online (and the photograph better be a good one!). By using some controversial and subjective selection criteria such as the online virility of the image, its visual impact, the quality of the picture taken, Screen Play reveals a primordial aspect of contemporary art production today. We find something very primitive in exhibiting images we see online each day. Playing back and forth between 3D and 2D, we re inject these documentations of artworks in their natural environment in a way to see what it does to show images of artworks within the exhibition space. Obviously, nothing can replace the sensation of seeing a work in person, but could its representation create something else, something you can’t get by seeing the actual artwork?
Screen Play is//pursue a reflexion around the mode of diffusion and propagation of artworks through their documentation and could also be seen as an experimental human scale model of our website. Screen Play will also be the occasion of an online show which will be launched this summer on itsourplayground.
‘Screen Play’ @ SWG3 Gallery, a show of documentations of artworks by:
Kathryn Andrews, Brendan Anton Jaks, Eva Berendes,
Simon Denny, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Patrick Hill,
Tilman Hornig, Dan Rees, Philipp Timischl, Anne de Vries
Curated by Camille Le Houezec & Joey Villemont (it’s our playground)
03.05.14 – 24.05.14