The current exhibition at The Zabludovicz Collection Emotional Supply Chains involves a lot of video work, print and installation that can be extra relevant to PTBM students. The theme of the exhibition is the still very urgent subject of digitally constructed identities and stories we tell about ourselves online. The curator Paul Luckraft refers to recent writings by Laurence Scott and Boris Groys reflecting on commercialisation of identity online (i.e. algorithms that reaffirms our views on the world) and the role of the artist in a “mass cultural production”-age where everybody can be (and is probably) engaged in artistic activity. The exhibition is divided into three parts of which one goes under the title Authenticity and Artifice. Here questions are raised about the human nature, a concept that might have lost its self-evidence as the properties and patterns of technology and nature merges. However regarding identity, one can wonder if the desires to create fluid and edited alter egos online is contradictory to authentic humanness or if it is “natural”.
I especially recommend the video piece “(You (People) Are All The Same)” by David Raymond Conroy that was commissioned specifically by The Zabludovicz Collection for this show. It is a 40 minute long video made with a lot of humour and self-revelation as an artist. If you recognize the format and find it strangely familiar and appealing like me it is probably because is very intentionally has borrowed the model of American investigative podcasts such as Serial and This American Life. It is very much a meta artwork talking about the process of the artist during his residency in Las Vegas, creating this commissioned piece however we are left uncertain where facts potentially changes over to fiction. This is valid for a several works in the exhibition, as David Blandy’s film Child of the Atom that depicts himself on a journey with his daughter with occasional voice over comments by the girl as an adult. Also don’t miss the works by Aleksandra Domanovics huge prints in the back room that deal with women’s representation in science fiction, place in creative direction of animated movies etc.