the future is not what it used to be / Przyszłość nie jest tym, czym była
Artists: Tamas Banovich (Hungary/USA), Kevin Bewersdorf (USA), Mikołaj Długosz (Poland), Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung (Chiny/USA), Kobas Laksa (Poland), Michael Mandiberg (USA), Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.org) (Italy), Joe McKay (USA), Ursula Endlicher (Austria), JooYoun Paek (South Korea/USA), Zach Gage (USA), The Yes Men (USA)
Opening: 10.11.2010 at 6 pm
On view through 02.01.2011
Curator: Magdalena Sawoń
Curator on the CCA part: Milada Ślizińska
Art has always been a transformative reflection of reality and a moment in time.
It is so today, in 2010.
The screen is the window and the web is the tool for experiencing the world and to engage in it. Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Chatroulette, YouTube, Second Life and eBay are not virtual, they are real.
The old saying the future is not what it used to be* brings together artists engaged in the Internet shaped culture. Through photographs, sculpture, video, and online projects they explore new tenets of social interaction in a networked world.
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? – the grand troika of Paul Gauguin’s questions about existential doubt and one’s consciousness is always relevant. But this very moment, loaded with radical changes taking place, also calls for specific inquiries: How do new communication tools and smart technologies affect the cultural and sociopolitical realm? What happens to contemplation in the times of speed? What are sustainable strategies for contemporary life? How does one navigate between connectivity and disconnectivity, instantaneity and rapid obsolescence and digital/analog divide. How does the Internet - the largest image depository and the largest data base ever - affects new forms of appropriation, means of production and delivery, and modes of political engagement? The future may only bring more questions.
Einstein said “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough”.
This may be true, but - back to Gauguin - who we are and what we do today shapes our tomorrows.
*The title of this show is a quote from Paul Valery (1871-1945)
PUBLICATION online www.futurecsw.pl
Exhibition realised due to kind support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is pleased to support the American Season with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Plus GSM, Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw, Korea Cultural Center Poland, Italian Cultural Institute Warsaw
Media patrons: Gazeta Wyborcza, Trójka - Program 3 Polskiego Radia, Aktivist, Exklusiv, Sztuka.pl, Artinfo.pl, Elle Decoration
Educational program: ORANGE Foundation