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LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre, Gijon

What you see is not what you get. An overview of the creation of the last 10 years, with several specific productions and some re-stages of works that, taken together, prove a continued reflection upon the genre to which new technologies incorporated as a language.

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Artists: Burak Arikan, Angela Bulloch, Nerea Calvillo, David Claerbout, Harun Farocki, Joan Fontcuberta, Michael Najjar, Thomas Ruff, Enrique Radigales, Karin Sander, Charles Sandison, Pablo Valbuena
Curator: Benjamin Weil

The past two decades have seen the emergence of a globalized and hyper-connected world, wherein which news and information are delivered in real time wherever and whenever. This constant flow of data reshapes our perception of the world. A few years ago, the term “augmented reality” was coined to describe a realm where a new layer of information alters the perception we may have of reality. In that sense, the flow of information becomes an integral part of our physical experience of the world. Indeed, as a growing number of tools enter our daily life, and ever more intricate interfaces enable to map the territory, and/ or juxtapose the territory and its interpretation – think for instance of GPS maps that point to hotels, restaurants, gas stations or shops along the way – we tend to understand the landscape not only through what we see, but also with what we know. The view is distorted, or reshaped.

From realistic renderings to imagined environments, painters have made landscape their subject, or used it as a backdrop for portraiture for centuries. In a certain sense, the artists who participate in this exhibition perpetuate this tradition of depicting our environment – whether real or fantasized, although they also reflect upon the intricate blend of visual information and the data enhancement that has modified our world. Each take a different approach, and reveal various aspects of the shifts brought by technology to the landscape. It is noteworthy that the Japanese language refers to “nature” as the set of elements that compose the landscape of our daily life. In other words, one could conceive of the landscape as a context within which we live, interact with others, and reconsider that which is nature and that which is information. This enhanced reality, however, is where we live… a new landscape: a datascape.

The datascape exhibition shows an overview of the creation of the last ten years, with several specific productions and some re-stages of works that, taken together, prove a continued reflection upon this genre to which new technologies incorporated as a language.

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LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre
Los Prados 121 - 33394 Gijón (Asturias)
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 8 pm
Closed every Monday and Tuesday (except for public holidays)
From June 15th through September 15th:
From Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm (Monday and Tuesday closed, except for public holidays)
General fee: 2,00 €:
Free entrance: Friends of LABoral, under 10 years old, accredited press, members of ICOM, IAC, Visual Artists associations and Gijón Citizen Card.
Free entrance days: Every Wednesday, 18th of May (International Museum Day) and every weekend after openings.

A screaming comes across the sky
dal 9/10/2014 al 7/3/2015

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