The following text is quoted from the program information at Selasar Sunaryo web site:
Title: The Loss of the Real
When: 18 July 2010 – 01 August 2010
The world has become a network of information we cannot escape from. The 21st century has been characterized by the loss of the real. The world has become transparent, yet our reality has shifted, from the object-based reality toward a mediated environment shaped by the global media, i.e.: television, internet and the digital culture. The media connects us once, but finally separated us from ‘the real’, alienated us from people, objects, and other tactile experiences. We communicate through a technological system that human once invented, yet eventually shaped us as a new being: a media creature. In this surrounding, we are loosing our sense of interiority and intimacy as natural being. Can we escape from such situation? Should we passively sustain the circumstance, or can we create something as a response to it?
The Loss of the Real exhibition deals with the recent variety of use and exploration of media technology in the artistic practice. Showing works by artists from Indonesia, Japan, France and Pakistan, the exhibition aims at discussing the very purposive leitmotifs in today’s media art, as a terrain that is free from the linear and progressive history of technological aspects and development, as suggested in the classical dichotomy and debate on the “old” and “new” media. Instead of focusing on the importance of the technological use in the works, the exhibition emphasizes the instrumentality of the messages, as well as aesthetic and social approaches toward the ‘real’ and the ‘imaginary’.
This project as a whole will also present site specific projects, performances, workshop and will be conducted in line with the Expert Meeting of New Media, Civil Society and Environmental Sustainability conducted by the Nu-Substance Festival 2010 which will involve media artists and observer from different parts of the world.
Daito Manabe (JP); Takao Minami (JP); Romain Osi (FR); Benjamin L. Amant (FR); Amar Mahboob (PK); Agan Harahap (ID); akumassa /forum lenteng/jurnalfootage (ID); Bandung Oral History (ID); Deden Hendan Durahman (ID); Dimas Arif Nugroho (ID); Jompet (ID); Prilla Tania (ID); Venzha/House of Natural Fiber (ID); Widianto Nugroho (ID).
Curator : Agung Hujatnikajennong
Venue : Room B & Wing room
Cover photo by Selasar Sunaryo ArtSpace
In the Media:
- Majalah Tempo Online: Yang Simbolik dan yang Pasca
- The Jakarta Post: Art as intermediary between media and reality