Exonemo, Kiss, video installation, 2017.
The real and virtual are no longer separate. Technological advancements have become so embedded in our daily lives that we often cannot separate our digital personas from our physical bodies. Meanwhile, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence systems replace human functionality, Facebook algorithms dictate our news and information, and virtual worlds imitate reality, with a tinge of fantasy. With virtual reality, 3D printing, and augmented reality we no longer debate how the real and virtual are separate, we wonder how to move forward.
We have entered a new world. The speed at which it progresses presents a contradiction. Moments are both memorable and forgotten. This is found in trying to remember older versions of Facebook, or what life was like before it. At the same time the media we use can reunite distant friends or obliterate any history of former lovers. We exist paradoxically forever and fornever. The selected artists of this exhibition interpret the new world, their artworks portray the present, a hyper-technological world, and hypothesize the future - a dream caught between utopia and nightmare.
FOREVER FORNEVER ONLINE:
Additional artists will contribute to Forever Fornever through an online exhibition, presented via a screening room in the Bannister Gallery. The online exhibition, is in conjunction with The Wrong Biennale, an international digital art biennale founded in 2014. Featuring web-based works, the online addendum to Fornever Fornever adds a temporal and ephemeral element to the physical exhibition.
This exhibition is curated by Chris Romero, facilitated by Wang Yefeng (Frank).