One of the fundamental aspects of digital image production consists in contributing to the creation of innovative objects. Increasingly high definition, complex layering, compression of backgrounds and foregrounds and, in addition, flexible alternation between analogue and synthetic subjects – all of this is present during the creation of new pictorial objects<k>. At the same time, the high degree of virtuality indicates that here the old order of real world objects is being left behind and an opening made into a ‘warped’ potential space that is anchored in residual reality. In the process these virtual objects can take on very differing forms: from Ryan Trecartin’s shrill and exaggerated identity fantasies to Richard Whitby’s structural ‘sounding the depths’ of an apparently harmless subject matter; from the natural sciences image experiments of Semiconductor to gaudily-colored simulations of catastrophes by Kai Kostack. A small Ed Atkins retrospective is included in this program: three of his more recent works have been chosen to visualize the spectrum that demonstrates how elastic and susceptible his digital and ‘hyperphysical’ characters are to various artistic (even sadistic) manipulations.
Jon Rafman, Juan Gris Dream House, 2013, 2 min
Ryan Trecartin, Item Falls, 2013, 26 min
Semiconductor, 20Hz, 2011, 5 min
Melanie Gilligan, 4 x exchange / abstraction: section 2, 2013, 2 min
Kai Kostack, Airplane Crash, 2014, 2 min
Richard Whitby, New Theme Song, 2013, 6 min
Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Still Dissolution, 2013, 2 min
Ed Atkins, Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths, 2013, 13 min
Ed Atkins, Even Pricks, 2013, 8 min
Ed Atkins, Happy Birthday!!, 2014, 6 min
Followed by a conversation between Ed Atkins and Christian Höller.
Ed Atkins lives in London. Exhibitions (selection): Bastards, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); La Biennale di Venezia (2013); Art Now: Ed Atkins, Tate Britain, London (2011).
Christian Höller lives in Vienna. He is an author, curator and co-editor of the magazine springerin.