Exhibition

Life 2.0 - isthisit? X The Wrong Biennale

1 Nov 2017 – 31 Jan 2018

isthisit?

London
England, United Kingdom

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An online exhibition consisting of a variety of artworks considering the notion of ones second self, explored online through virtual avatars and hidden identities, safely positioned behind the seemingly impenetrable protection of the screen.

About

What do we mean when we talk about our ‘other’ self, our ‘second’ self, our, ‘online’ self? Some evangelists of certain digital worlds, like Second Life or World of Warcraft, declare that in the virtual realm we become our true selves, throwing off the shackles of mere appearance. Members of 4chan would probably agree. Where anyone can be anything, does that not level the playing field of life, allowing our personalities to reign free? Are these purported online ‘safe spaces’ the utopias we wish them to be, or just breeding grounds that encourage anonymous harassment, allowing our inner My Hyde’s to overwhelm the front facing Dr Jekyll’s. Maybe being hateful and misogynistic is part of our true selves, with Donald Trump as president of the United States being an example of this. When one enters the voting booth, alone at last, they only have to look within themselves to discover what, or who, they really want…

Taking its title from the 2010 documentary directed by Jason Spingarn-Koff, Life 2.0, where Springarn-Koff interviews individuals who call the world of Second life their true home, isthisit?'s online pavilion situated within The Wrong Biennale presents a variety of artworks considering the notion of ones second self, explored online through virtual avatars and hidden identities, safely positioned behind the seemingly impenetrable protection of the screen.

Curators

Bob Bicknell-Knight

Bob Bicknell-Knight

Exhibiting artists

Yorkson

Olivier pagy

Olivier pagy

Roxman Gatt

Elsa Philippe

Kara Gut

Max Colson

Jade Annaw

Jade Annaw

Fengyi Zhu

Will Kendrick

Tom Kobialka

Clare Gatto

Eloïse Bonneviot

Alice Rout

Naomi Fitzsimmons

Thea Lazar

Emma McCarthy

Jake Moore

Wednesday Kim

Helen Hamilton

Helen Hamilton

Tobias Williams

Anne de Boer

Petra Szeman

Emma Stern

Juan Covelli Reyes

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