Digital Accidents (2012-2015)
Digital Accidents is a series consisting of twelve, manufactured 3D Polymer additive Plaster Prints. Second and third objects of that series, Inevitable Beauty (2012) and Compulsive Commodity (2013) dispatch reality into a notorious defective feedback loop to convey the interrelation between real objects and their 3D counterparts in virtual space. The object Inevitable Beauty is a train that, in its altered form, is in a state of frozen time. The thing that was fabricated gives the impression of having been subjected to a temporal maelstrom – involved in an accident with time. The other object, Compulsive Commodity, an ornately decorated truck (as often seen on the roads of India), presents itself in its new form with an altered material structure, its chassis transformed into a semi-transparent carcass as if devoured by a virus or as if an organic accident had taken place. Both models are virtual representations that correspond to the originals down to the smallest detail, acquired and downloaded from TurboSquid, one of the leading online databases for the 3D-model industry. Both these objects – the train a 19th-century metaphor for speed and power and the motorized vehicle an (over-)used 20th-century metaphor for individual freedom – are now exhibited in the white-cube context of the gallery space. Acquirable and exposed to the perception of the observer, they are enthroned here, and become objects of desire with collectible value. Mise-en-scène of our fetishist relation to the art object, of our fascination for spectacle and of our voyeuristic attitude towards approaching catastrophes, Digital Accidents explores emerging digital technology and aspects of our digital culture.
Co-production with the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.
exhibitions: Inevitable Beauty in Mai-juin 2012, at gallery Lisi Haemmerle, Bregenz, and in Sept. 2012, at VIENNAFAIR, Vienna, Austria.
Inevitable Beauty and Compulsive Commodity, exhibition "Artists in Multifunctions", Feb. 2013, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India.
Inevitable Beauty and Compulsive Commodity, exhibition "bits & pieces" during the Art Moscow at the Central House of Artists in Moscow, from 17th Sept. - 1st Oct. 2013