The fantasy of escaping everyday life is a familiar phenomenon in our competitive Western society. Yet it only exists as an idealized notion. At the most unpredictable moments, we feel a need for lives we haven’t attained, discover unfulfilled yearnings and expectations, or even a desire for a new identity altogether. Sometimes moments like these can flare up briefly, other times they turn into recurrent daydreams. Frequently heard phrases like “everyone has their own way of looking at things,” and “he lives in his own world” reflect the subjectivity of our behavior as individuals. What we feel never overlaps perfectly with our social environment, because we evaluate situations from our own point of view, measure them against our own experiences, and tend to assume what we ourselves have gone through first-hand.
As a result, during our everyday routine, we don’t notice how often we’re taken in by these moments of fantasy, how we incorporate them into the reality of our lives.
To what degree do our imaginary models of living overlap with reality, and how do they influence and dominate us? Who maintains them? And do we need a counterpart to reflect us back to ourselves, or to live up to?
In the exhibition “My Fiction and You,” Andy Kassier, Britta Thie, Bianca Kennedy and The Swan Collective, and Mikka Wellner investigate concepts of how their own or an adapted fiction of the individual becomes part of their reality and to what extent it’s a matter of merging these various aspects. The show also questions the degree to which the freedom of the individual reaches into their conceptual constructs. The selected positions not only refer to the transfer and transformation of analogue life into the digital present, but they also go one step further, with some of the site-specific installations pointing to future scenarios of a distinctly dystopian kind.