[rohrpost] Fwd: Speed Show: FACE THE FACE, July 5th, Berlin

Tilman Baumgärtel mail at tilmanbaumgaertel.net
Fr Jul 5 11:15:02 CEST 2019

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Betreff: 	Speed Show: FACE THE FACE, July 5th, Berlin
Datum: 	Tue, 2 Jul 2019 11:06:07 +0200
Von: 	Aram Bartholl <newsletter at arambartholl.com>
An: 	Tilman Baumgärtel <mail at tilmanbaumgaertel.net>


Lauren Huret – “Ways of non seeing (artificial intelligence is hard to 
see)”, video still, 2016
Lauren Huret – “Ways of non seeing (artificial intelligence is hard to 
see)”, video still, 2016

A Speed Show on the Post-Digital Self

curated by
Anika Meier & Aram Bartholl
5.7.2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Internet Cafe – Midnightshop
Schönhauser Allee 188, Ecke Torstr., 10119 Berlin

*Participating artists:*
Lisette Appeldorn, Jeremy Bailey, Nadja Buttendorf, Petra Cortright, 
Constant Dullaart, Tom Galle, Lauren Huret, Johanna Jaskowska, Andy 
Kassier, Hanneke Klaver, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Echo Can Luo, Ines 
Marzat, Jillian Mayer, Andy Picci, Selam X

Social media algorithms have a preference for faces. People prefer 
friends to strangers and are more comfortable with the familiar in 
general. This preference applies to their own faces, too. Studies have 
shown that people like their mirror-reflected face most because that is 
how they are used to seeing themselves. “The selfie,” writes Nathan 
Jurgenson, “lets us share that mirror-view, what we see when 
contemplating our self, considering what we are.” Science is not yet 
convinced of what the critics are absolutely sure of: people who take 
selfies are narcissistic exhibitionists.

These days, when a person takes a photo to their plastic surgeon, it is 
of their own face. Smoothed and beautified by Snapchat and Instagram 
filters, it is the new ideal. Filters make people feel attractive. Masks 
and filters function as a barrier between the individual and the world, 
and people have always felt the need to change themselves by wearing 
makeup, getting plastic surgery, donning masks ,or using filters that 
simultaneously hide and reveal. Mask culture, thousands of years old, is 
currently undergoing a digital renaissance. Software-driven 
face-recognition apps on smartphones enable a new, shared experience of 
this ancient tradition. “The self one tries to express tends to be new, 
exciting, confessional, sexy, etc., because it plays as an 
advertisement. Identity is a series of ads for a product that doesn’t 
exist,” writes Rob Horning on digital identities.

In the early 1980s Lynn Hershman Leeson addressed the ways media changes 
the view of the self and promotes stereotypical norms in her series 
“Phantom Limbs.” Jeremy Bailey has been playing with floating, 3D 
objects in front of the camera since the early 2000s. The elaborate 
hardware and tracking programs he began with have now completely 
disappeared into the smartphone. Petra Cortright started using 
commercially-available webcam software with basic effects and 
folklore-inspired filters to create her series of YouTube portraits in 2009.

Now, a new generation of net artists is reflecting on the presentation 
of faces in the digital age. @AndyKassier, for example, explains in his 
video how to make the perfect selfie, while @jillianmayer gives tips on 
how to hide from surveillance cameras with makeup in her tutorial. 
@andypicci uses filters to criticise the desire for image cultivation in 
the era of social media and @johwska addresses the sort of beauty ideals 
promoted by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner every day. 
The @selamxstudio collective, in turn, shows what happens when a beauty 
AI does Kyle Jenner’s make-up.


The SPEED SHOW exhibition series was conceived by artist Aram Bartholl 
in June 2010. The basic idea of this exhibition format is to create a 
gallery like opening situation for browser-based internet art in a 
public cyber cafe or internet shop for one night. The exhibition format 
is free and can be applied by anyone at any place.



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