I Was Not Able to Visit the Entire Show
The play I Was Not Able to Visit the Entire Show was created with the intention of being staged within the environment of gallery institutions. It opens a discussion over conventions that are commonly linked to the exhibition strategies: How contemporary display practices and institutional frameworks affects an artwork and vice versa?
“Human interactions mediated through computers and smartphones are not virtual realities, but fully experienced realities ...”1 An essential need of post-internet artists heads toward physical materialization of a virtual network. This brings about brand new strategies and together with them also a new terminology crucial for understanding of possible future gallery presentations. Like Dan Graham confronts a viewer with an objective vs. subjective perception in his Performer/Audience/Mirror (1981) it is now important to formulate a question about the relationship between the physical and the virtual: “Everything became virtual in a way. We need to acknowledge that we’ve built these layers of virtuality and that they are real, they are real virtual. They might not be actual but they are real still but that all of them are running on top of a material basis that ultimately informs the source of power and the basis of society”.2
1 Karen Archey, Curating The Internet, Kaleidoscope, No. 21, Summer 2014, p. 53
2 Timur Si-Qin, Metamaterialism, TimurSi-Qin.com, November 23, 2014
Text, graphic design and photography:
Editor: Jana Kořínková
Published by The University of Ostrava, 2014
English edition, 190 x 285 mm (softcover), 160 pages
Price: 25 EUR
We would like to thank Anniek Brattinga, Liesbeth Doornbosch, Danny van den Dungen, Constant Dullaart, Paul Elliman, Maxine Kopsa, Jana Kořínková, Grzegorz Kowalski, Karel Martens and Armand Mevis.