arrhythmicity - curatorial statements

the aesthetics of property II

“the aesthetics of property II” playfully explores the relation between the images that shape the daily experience in a capitalist society and the consumer’s “own” body, itself generated only in as much as it interacts with these images.

the virtual gaze that defines the spectator’s presence in arrhythmicity, does not fit smoothly in a humanist worldview that underlines the individual, the person or the subject strictly related to a unique human body. every act of this gaze actualizes a matrix of past actions as archived in the software, hardware and larger cultural context that make its very existence possible. thus, in a very literal sense, a post-human body emerges, an entanglement of past and present body fragments brought into the present of the virtual space by their respective actions.

your? human? body+consciousness has no presence in the virtual space, let alone any kind of agency. it’s not you who is present, perceives and acts in the exhibition, but a post-human body, with no overarching subjectivity or individuality, of which you are but the last (and, we admit, the most obvious) piece.

various commercials captured from tv screens
paragraphs from the law of property
images of obsolete statues spying on you through bathroom windows
rows of cars covered by snow
buildings being demolished in order to build other buildings
and so on…

what they all signify in the last instance is your own body, the reality of your body as a consumer, and the pertinence of its human limits.

playing with these images in a vr environment, making the words of the law randomly rearrange themselves when the spectator looks at them or exposing an unreadable fragment of a story in romanian about the dispersal of our bodies, are our light-hearted ways to question the pertinence of the humanist worldview and its dependence on a specific kind of economy.

the human body, we believe, continues to make sense only as the byproduct of a metanarrative centered on property. what will happen to our bodies once the lights of the commercials will go dimmer?

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