Exhibition

Simon Banos / A DIGISCAPE FROM REALITY

2 Feb 2017 – 26 Feb 2017

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The Window Space is a street-facing window gallery. Visitors do not have physical access to the gallery and can only see what is on display from the street.

Open Monday-Sunday all day

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free

Window Space

London, United Kingdom

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  • 25, 205, 254
  • Aldgate East

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onepointfiveone is a long-term curatorial project from February to July 2017. Each month, onepointfiveone asks one artist to reinterpret the Window Space, blurring the lines between reality, illusion and hybridization.

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WHAT IS REALITY IF NOT ANOTHER ILLUSION?

onepointfiveone presents its first exhibition, A Digiscape from reality, by Simon Banos from Thursday 2 February through Sunday 26 February 2017. A Digiscape Performance by Banos will take place on the evening of the opening, starting from 6:30 pm, and additional performances will take place throughout the duration of the exhibition. This presentation is the first of five solo shows commissioned as part of the long- term curatorial project, onepointfiveone, taking place in the Window Space through June 2017.

In A Digiscape from reality, Banos presents a parallel universe, built as a digital heterotopia for mental departures created from the need to find a place to digitally root himself, a place to call ‘home’ after leaving his native Greece. Banos works with Chinese-speaking collaborator, Chang, to digitally create the landscape based on a conversation in which he emotionally maps out the city, reflecting on the mental photographs taken during journeys through London. By communicating his views through Google Translate he creates a window for a new world. The artist explores the relationship between the city and its inhabitants through the dialogue of two foreign citizens of London who digitally shape their identity by interacting with this unfamiliar environment. Digiscape celebrates the unification of the physical and digital space in our society.

Through this digiscape, Banos explores a new form of reality where viewers are welcomed to re-evaluate their real identities, by offering them an alternative ‘cyber-being,’ which introduces the formation of a new hybrid identity. Banos explores the notion of a hybrid space by experiencing the transition of the physical into a cyber-reality. Banos’s installation addresses questions of reality and illusion within the ‘digispace.' By transforming the Window Space into a hybrid space, or 'digispace,' Banos distorts the viewer's perception of reality.

IS IT A GREAT ESCAPE OR A FICTIONAL REALITY? 

 

onepointfiveone is curated by  Caterina Avataneo, Rokhsane Hovaida, and Christina Makri.

Artists involved: Simon Banos, Oliver Hickmet, Felicity Hammond, Harry Meadley, Rachel Pimm.

 

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