In our professional environment, on the internet, within gender and family roles, as professionals, as artists, it can be said that our being is always layered with often highly coded performative elements.
The tension between inner being and public persona is described by Jorge Luis Borges as a sharp divide, while in Hannah Arendt’s view, “nothing and nobody exists in this world whose very being does not presuppose a spectator.”
Arendt’s view seems fitting in a time where, for better or worse, our public behavior is constantly under close scrutiny. Enabled by rapidly changing technologies, it is measured, and influenced by outside factors. Governmental, political and commercial monitoring and psychological profiling are all pervasive. The interest in our genuine private selves behind the public persona is enormous.
At the same time, to protect ourselves, behavior and self-presentation are used as performance. Both on-and offline, we often rely on masking our identity. Ironically however, genuineness has become a fluid idea, as our masks and personae may actually portray ourselves in an ideal way.
The participating artists trace these dynamics and their influence on social relations, our sense of reality and community.
Participating Artists: Edurne Herrán, Jonas Blume, Lyndal Walker, Stacie Ant, Zander Porter, Boris Alexander Knop.