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Popcorn, Pepsi, Petabytes
April 13 – May 25, 2014
→ CCS Bard Galleries, Hessel Museum of Art
Curated by
  • Neringa Cerniauskaite
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Lynn Hershman Leeson, Aleksandra Domanović, Michele Abeles, with a soundtrack by Ugnius Gelguda & Maria Minerva

Popcorn, Pepsi, Petabytes brings together artists of different generations and disparate socio-political backgrounds to present partial yet urgent approaches to and engagements with the new configuration of augmented reality altered by accelerated development of information technologies, where the rapid process of the world’s digitization merges the “real” and the “virtual” as never before. The existing relationships between image and object, body and space, material and digital have been irreversibly transformed.

The show focuses on a feminist articulation of augmented reality, emphasizing its potential investigated in the early and contemporary visions of women artists. It draws a trajectory from the multiplication of the physical body and identity in the 70’s (such as fictitious identities and surrogates), to the serial robotic body, finally to the flattening effect that the experiencing bodies and things through ubiquitous screens creates. Popcorn, Pepsi, Petabytes reveals the resistance to embalm time, and shows the participation of times from the past to the future in each other. In the selected works by Lynn Hershman Leeson, Aleksandra Domanović, and Michele Abeles a new configuration of reality is embraced as a transformative, and liberating potential.

This exhibition can be seen as a snapshot. It captures and thus artificially freezes the transitional moment of today, it has intentionally fixed and limited angle; it is ready to be released back into circulation with other images for a potential accumulation, appropriation, or transformation.

Curated by Neringa Černiauskaitė