Show Me Your Selfie

19.07.2019, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Südkorea

What if we ourselves are alien? The Latin word ›alienus‹ means belonging to another, and here ‘another’ is defined as someone or something else that is set in a state of uncertainty. In the act of producing a self-portrait, perhaps through the medium of a selfie, we transfer ourselves to another subject that no longer exists in physical reality. We become trapped in a space of virtual reality, and its social networks that are based on self-generated delusion and fantasy.

Taking selfies embodies the principles of self-copulation with mobile devices in order to reconstruct an illusionary projection of the self onto a new space. This kind of identity is now more than alive without ever being quite alive. Everyone has a past, a present, and a future, but not in the world of Instagram and other social media. Time vanishes in the era of digital immortality. Smartphones and other devices store all of our biometric and behavioral data without any conception of the passage of time. Therefore, Google, Kindle, Amazon, etc. know more about you than you do. The perception of identities often moves beyond where we really are today under the guise of a digital-immortal-being. There is no unique configuration of the self in a concept of the social network virtual realm, but only the subject of the phantasm. In this context, a subject can only mime existence, and in reality is it a being that has been detached from its body and exists in a new, not-quite-real, yet hyper-real, space.

The project SHOW ME YOUR SELFIE uses philosophical frameworks to investigate the subjectivities of identity, and aims to uncover the unreality of digital environments and the conceptions of self that they create.

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Aram Art Gallery (Goyang, Südkorea)
1286 Jungang_ro(St), Ilsandong gu, Goyang si, Gyeonggi do
410-812 Republic of Korea

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