We are living in a time of transformation of the human body into a liquid digital mass affecting all aspects of our lives. Our digital entities roam cyberspace and create their own enclaves in which each virtual self continuously needs to present itself well. We become subjects of embodied fantasies in which we can be someone else entirely – forever, for a time, or just for a post.
The thirteenth edition of the Fotograf Festival, entitled HYPERTENSION23, and its eponymous exhibition at the Veletržní palác of the National Gallery in Prague, deals with the tension that is provoked in our minds by technologies that expose our attention to a continuous visual pressure to notice something, to experience something emotionally and to react. A photograph requires us to like it, a video to watch it, a hashtag for instant inclusion. The day thus becomes a to-do list that shrinks our perception of time. It becomes globally fluid in the metaverse.
AUTHOR OF THE CONCEPT: Monika Čejková
Curator of the exhibition in National Gallery Prague: Monika Čejková
Curator of the exhibition in Fotograf Gallery: Tina Poliačková
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Světlana Malinová
ARTISTS: Sin Wai Kin, Lawrence Lek, Martins Kohout, Markus Selg, Stephanie Comilang, Cecile B. Evans, Stef Van Looveren, Johannes Paul Raether, Ian Cheng, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Justine Grillet, Thijs Jaeger, Shumon Basar, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland
Photo credits:Protektorama toxica, performance view Reykjanes peninsula, Photo: Hörður Sveinsson
Stef Van Looveren, DETACH WHAT HAS BEEN GIVEN, 2020